Disability Access and Inclusion

Access Inclusion Advisory Committee

City of Newcastle has an Access Inclusion Advisory Committee (AIAC). The Committee assists with the implementation of our Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022-2026 and also provides advice on local matters related to disability inclusion in Newcastle.

Committee Membership

Councillor Members

Cr Margaret Wood (Chair)

Cr Dr Elizabeth Adamczyk

Cr Katrina Wark

Community Representatives

Ben Moxey

Lindsay Gardner

Sandra Irons

Stewart MacLennan

Organisational Representatives

Andrew Vodic- Community Disability Alliance Hunter

Chad Ramage-Accessibility in the City

Patrick Bellamy-Clear Sky Australia

For further information visit our Advisory Committee's page or contact Community Planning on 02 4974 2863.

If you would like to provide access and inclusion related feedback about our local infrastructure or services please click here

Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022-2026

Council adopted the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022-2026 on February 22, 2022. The next four years will see CN work with the community and other stakeholders to deliver on the 35 actions of the DIAP.

The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022-2026 was prepared in accordance with s.12 of the NSW Disability Inclusion Act and outlines how Council will contribute to making Newcastle a more inclusive and accessible city for everyone.

You can access the 2022-2026 plan in a variety of formats by clicking on the links below.

If you require a copy of the plan in an alternative format other than listed below, contact us on:

Phone: 02 49742863
Text: 0419 616 818

Email: communityadmin@ncc.nsw.gov.au

Count Us In Newcastle (CUI) 2022

Count Us In Newcastle is a program of events and activities that is held over a festival period that highlights disability inclusion across Newcastle. Successful programs have been hosted in 2019, 2021 and 2022.

CUI 2022 included a Business Breakfast at City Hall, an Employment Forum at Wallsend and a range of other great events.

View the full program from 2022.

Would you like to join our information distribution list?

Email communityadmin@ncc.nsw.gov.au to have your name added.

Diversify Your Workforce-Disability and Employment

Working-age people with disability are more likely to be unemployed than those without disability. They are also more likely to be unemployed for longer.

During Count Us In 2022, City of Newcastle engaged with people with disabilities and other stakeholders to record localised throughts and experiennces related to disability and emplpyment.

We have developed two video resources to share across the community to promote more inclusive employment. The 2 minute clip includes closed captions and the 10 minute version includes closed captions and is auslan interpreted.

We hope the voices of these local people can strengthen efforts to address negative attitudes and behaviours regarding the contribution that people with disability can and do make to our community.

Inclusion is everyone's business. Let's work together to make a difference!

Visit the Disability Inclusion Action Plan section above to see what City of Newcastle is working on to create more inclusive employment.

National Disability Insurance Agency

National Disability Insurance Agency - NDIA (agency delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme)

If you are a person living with a disability and you meet the relevant access requirements you can become a participant in the scheme. The access requirements will be explained when you call the NDIA.

Call 1800 800 110.

If you do not meet the relevant access requirements, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) may be able to provide you with information about other supports that could be of benefit to you and assist in referral to these.