Darebin's Disability Access and Inclusion Plan


Thank you all for your feedback about disability access and inclusion in Darebin.

We have received over 120 responses from community members, not-for-profit organisations, advocacy bodies and service providers.


What is this for?

It is time for Darebin’s next Disability Action Plan.

This plan helps Council make our services, events and facilities more accessible and inclusive.

It helps us meet the needs of people with a disability.

Council is working with a community group to prepare the next Darebin Access and Inclusion Plan.

In this plan "access" means everyone in the community can get to, enter and use places and services in Darebin.

In this plan "inclusion" means everyone being respected and valued as part of the Darebin community.


What is a Disability Action Plan?

Local governments are required to develop a Disability Action Plan under the Disability Act 2006 (Vic). We call it the Darebin Access and Inclusion Plan.


The purpose of the plan is to:

  • reduce barriers to people with a disability accessing goods, services and facilities;
  • reduce barriers to people with a disability getting and keeping employment;
  • promote inclusion and participation in the community of people with a disability; and
  • achieve changes in attitudes and practices towards people with a disability, and stop discrimination against people with a disability.


The current Darebin Access and Inclusion Plan 2015 – 2019 is coming to an end.


What is next?

We are reviewing what the community has told us through their feedback to the access an inclusion survey and by sharing your thoughts.

We are working on a report that will outline this feedback and will help us create goals to make Darebin more accessible and inclusive.

We will invite you to provide further feedback once the report and the goals are drafted.

When the goals to make Darebin more accessible and inclusive are finalised Council staff will make an action plan to help Council reach these goals.

We will keep you updated about the progress of this work on this page.


How can you get in touch?

If you would like more information please contact us:

Send us an email: Disability.Access@darebin.vic.gov.au

Call us: 8470 8327

Sign up to our email newsletter: Disability Access Update

Send a video message in Sign Language via videomail (Email address above)

Call us via the National Relay Speak and Listen Service: 1300 555 727 then enter 03 8470 8327

Please let us know, if there is another way you would like to communicate with us.


Thank you all for your feedback about disability access and inclusion in Darebin.

We have received over 120 responses from community members, not-for-profit organisations, advocacy bodies and service providers.


What is this for?

It is time for Darebin’s next Disability Action Plan.

This plan helps Council make our services, events and facilities more accessible and inclusive.

It helps us meet the needs of people with a disability.

Council is working with a community group to prepare the next Darebin Access and Inclusion Plan.

In this plan "access" means everyone in the community can get to, enter and use places and services in Darebin.

In this plan "inclusion" means everyone being respected and valued as part of the Darebin community.


What is a Disability Action Plan?

Local governments are required to develop a Disability Action Plan under the Disability Act 2006 (Vic). We call it the Darebin Access and Inclusion Plan.


The purpose of the plan is to:

  • reduce barriers to people with a disability accessing goods, services and facilities;
  • reduce barriers to people with a disability getting and keeping employment;
  • promote inclusion and participation in the community of people with a disability; and
  • achieve changes in attitudes and practices towards people with a disability, and stop discrimination against people with a disability.


The current Darebin Access and Inclusion Plan 2015 – 2019 is coming to an end.


What is next?

We are reviewing what the community has told us through their feedback to the access an inclusion survey and by sharing your thoughts.

We are working on a report that will outline this feedback and will help us create goals to make Darebin more accessible and inclusive.

We will invite you to provide further feedback once the report and the goals are drafted.

When the goals to make Darebin more accessible and inclusive are finalised Council staff will make an action plan to help Council reach these goals.

We will keep you updated about the progress of this work on this page.


How can you get in touch?

If you would like more information please contact us:

Send us an email: Disability.Access@darebin.vic.gov.au

Call us: 8470 8327

Sign up to our email newsletter: Disability Access Update

Send a video message in Sign Language via videomail (Email address above)

Call us via the National Relay Speak and Listen Service: 1300 555 727 then enter 03 8470 8327

Please let us know, if there is another way you would like to communicate with us.

Share your thoughts about access and inclusion in Darebin.

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Raise awareness of those with invisible disabilities, such as myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) These people often are housebound for days, and have to plan carefully when leaving the house. They may have a two hour window in which to shop, and may use disability parking. They can appear fine at 10am but be just about crawling to the car by 11am, returning to bed for days after this exertion. They are often impoverished by years unable to work, so cost of food delivery is an issue. See www.emerge.org.au for details.

bird9 25 days ago

As a mother of a young 7 yr old in a wheelchair and a second sibling who is 5 we are very active out and about family. We rely heavily on access/ parking toilets to all areas of the community that every other family does. I find that access /ramping is extremely inadequate to most places that involve venues that a family would visit Childcare centres, schools local shops and the Northcote Pool is totally inadequate to anyone with a disability and the change facility there are dangerous with broken equipment. Disability parking bays are a complete oversight with the aging population to contend with also. Darebin Council needs to ask how many people hold Disability permits to how many actual disability parking bays there are? I am utterly astounded that at our local park Penders the disability toilet is locked every single day and the one time it was not I have to lie my daughter down on the cold damp concrete to change her. The majority of people who use a wheelchair and have a carer cannot use a toilet!. I beileve Darebin has a long way to go. sorry to disappoint you but for pre school and high school age children and families there is no where enough being done for access and inclusion in active playspaces

Local reaident 27 days ago

I have only lived in the City of Darebin for a short time so feel I unable to offer substantial feedback at this time. I am impressed by the access desks at libraries and the adoption of the changing places initiative. I like the buses to run after 9pm and Northcote to be made more accessibility friendly

LE about 2 months ago

I work within Darebin and have found the inclusion and access for people with disabilities is improving. I work for a company that employs people with disabilities and it makes my day seeing them and how happy they are at work. It helps with feelings of isolation and they become part of the team and community. Maybe providing better services i.e. transport more frequent buses etc. would be beneficial to the community and for people with disabilities. Also providing free groups that is accessible would be also beneficial. For example gardening, cooking and sport groups.

jodiel 3 months ago