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Disability access and inclusion

Upholding the rights of people living with disability is the responsibility of the whole community and requires a state-wide response. People with disability should be able to access and participate in all aspects of our society, including using mainstream services and programs. 

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2014–17

The AGD Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2014–17 outlines our commitments to access and inclusion, which are the responsibility of all business units. 

The plan has six outcomes: 

Inclusive and accessible communities: People with disability live in accessible and well-designed communities with opportunity for full inclusion in social, economic, sporting and cultural life

AGD has three actions which focus on departmental physical work spaces and buildings, and internet and intranet communications. These continual actions, which include new fit-out compliance with the Building Code of Australia, and intranet and internet compliance with World Wide Web Consortium Standards, AGD has achieved to date, will continue to progress throughout and beyond the AGD Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2014–17. 
Economic security and employment: People with disability, their families and carers have economic security, enabling them to plan for the future, and exercise choice and control over their lives.
In line with South Australia’s Strategic Plan (target 50), as of 30 June 2016, AGD had increased its total number of employees with a declared disability to 3.1 per cent of its total workforce.
AGD refers all temporary vacancies to the disability Equal Opportunity registers. 

Standard advertising templates have been updated to encourage people with disability to apply. 

AGD has also supported several charitable organisations that support people with disability through donations from departmental fundraising activities. 
Rights protection, justice and legislation: People with disability have their rights upheld, promoted and protected. 

Criminal Law Consolidation (Sexual Offences – Cognitive Impairment) Act 2014 On 30 March 2015, two new sexual offences were introduced in the Criminal Law Consolidation (Sexual Offences – Cognitive Impairment) Act to protect people living with cognitive impairment from sexual exploitation, especially by those in positions of power and authority, while respecting the sexual autonomy of persons living with cognitive impairment. 

Statutes Amendment (Vulnerable Witnesses) Act 2015 The Statutes Amendment (Vulnerable Witnesses) Act came into effect on 1 July 2016. The new Act provides enhanced support to vulnerable persons including victims, witnesses and defendants, both in and out of court. 
Personal and community support: People with disability, their families and carers have access to a range of supports to help them live independently and actively engage in their communities. 
AGD has updated its Leave Policy to include Special Leave With Pay for care of a dependant with disability. 
Learning and skills: People with disability achieve their full potential through participation in an inclusive, high quality, education system responsive to their needs. People with disability have opportunities to continue learning throughout their lives.
AGD ensures all training is accessible to staff and requests that people with any particular requirements advise the Learning and Development team of their needs. 
Health and wellbeing: People with disability are supported to attain the highest possible health throughout their lives. 

All employees with relevant disability and/or limited mobility has a personal emergency evacuation plan checklist, which is referred to on the induction checklist and in work health and safety for managers training.