What is a Universal Access and Inclusion Plan?

A Universal Access and Inclusion Plan is a document designed to identify and address the barriers that all sectors of the community encounter in their day-to-day life. The Universal Access and Inclusion Plan will outline the ways in which Council intends to improve access and inclusion for residents of and visitors to Greater Shepparton.

What do we want to know?

  • What makes Greater Shepparton inclusive and accessible now?
  • What isn’t accessible or inclusive in Greater Shepparton at the moment?
  • What do we need to do over the next four years to make Greater Shepparton more accessible and inclusive to residents and visitors?

How do we get there?

Greater Shepparton City Council has had a Disability Action Plan or similar document since 2004. In accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 all Victorian councils have a disability action plan. A disability action plan identifies actions to remove physical barriers for people with a disability and is also designed to increase employment and change community attitudes.

The latest disability plan, the Universal Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2021 is coming to the end of its lifespan. The Plan has guided Council’s work in access and inclusion with the express aim of making Greater Shepparton more accessible and inclusive to residents and visitors alike.

Council provides a range of advice, support, guidance and services to ensure the wellbeing of people with a disability to maintain their preferred lifestyle and independence, and have the same opportunities as other members of the community.

Over the life of the Plan there have been many significant achievements including but not limited to:

  • Participation in the Good Access = Good Business Project
  • Construction of three adult Changing Places in Greater Shepparton
  • Development of a mobility map of the Central Business Districts of the four major townships on the municipality

How can you get involved?

In the coming weeks council will be seeking feedback from the community to help us to develop the Universal Access and Inclusion Plan 2021-2025. This is your opportunity to help shape the future direction of access and inclusion in Greater Shepparton the municipality.

Take the survey

Please contribute to our survey. It is open from Monday 14 June to Monday 12 July.

TAKE THE SURVEY

Attend a community workshop

Our community workshop dates are listed on this page. If attending one of the community workshops, please register by filling in the registration form.

Attend a drop-in session

Drop-in sessions will also be held at the times and venues also listed on this page. You are not required to book in for these sessions. Just visit the venue any time between the times listed.

Book a one-on-one consultation

Council’s Access and Inclusion Officer will also be available for one-on-one consultations. To book an in-person consultation, please call (03) 5832 9700 and ask to speak to the Access and Inclusion Officer.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation in Victoria, Greater Shepparton City Council may need to cancel, change the format of, or reschedule some or all of the Universal Access & Inclusion Plan 2021-2025 community consultation sessions at short notice.

All reasonable attempts will be made to notify participants and the general public of any changes prior to the date of the event.

Council will be following the latest advice from the Department of Health & Human Services in relation to running the Universal Access & Inclusion Plan 2021-2025 community consultation sessions.

What will happen when the consultation period closes?

Once community consultation is completed, a draft Universal Access and Inclusion Plan will be developed. The community will then have an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft of the Universal Access & Inclusion Plan 2021-2025.

Subject to any final changes needing to be made, Council officers will then seek to have the draft adopted by Council at an Ordinary Council Meeting. Once Council has adopted the Universal Access & Inclusion Plan (the Plan) 2021-2025 it will then be registered with the Australian Human Rights Commission and implementation of the Plan will commence.

Our progress at a glance

You can get involved during Stage 1 and 3.
  • Timeline item 1 - active

    Stage 1 – 14 June to 12 July 2021

    We asked you to tell us:

    • What makes Greater Shepparton Inclusive and accessible now?
    • What isn’t Accessible or Inclusive in Greater Shepparton at the moment?
    • What do we need to do over the next 4years to make Greater Shepparton more accessible and inclusive to residents and visitors?
  • Timeline item 2 - incomplete

    Stage 2 – July & August 2021 TBC

    The results of the Surveys and Community Forums will be collated and analyzed. The community’s feedback will be used to influence the development of the next Universal Access & Inclusion Plan

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Stage 3 – Date TBC

    A draft of the Universal Access & Inclusion Plan 2021-2025 will be presented to Council to seek their endorsement for the Plan to be put out for public feedback and once again community feedback will be sought.

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Stage 4 – Date TBC

    The Universal Access & Inclusion Plan 2021-2025 will be presented to Council for adoption.

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Stage 5 – Date TBC

    The Universal Access & Inclusion Plan 2021-2025 will be registered with the Australian Human Rights Commission.