Disability and access
The City of Fremantle, as a local government authority, has a responsibility under the Disability Services Act to ensure that people who live, work and recreate within the municipality are able to access all its functions, facilities and services provided to the community.
What does ‘access and inclusion’ mean?
Often, people think that access relates only to buildings. While physical access is very important, it is only part of the picture, and the current legislation requires that Local Governments consider access more broadly in their disability access and inclusion plans so that people with disabilities are considered and included in all areas of the council’s operations. This means that people with disabilities must have equitable access to:
- Services (eg accessible footpaths, kerb ramps, help with rubbish bins etc)
- Buildings and facilities (auto doors, access toilets, ramps, accessible play areas etc)
- Information (information in other formats such as braille, website accessibility, interpreters when required, easy to read brochures etc)
- Staff with awareness and skills to assist people with disabilities (staff training in disability awareness, communication etc)
- Complaints processes (making sure people know about these and are supported to access them as required)
- Community consultations (ensuring people with disabilities are able to take part in ALL consultations – not just those regarding disability issues; consulting with local people with disabilities on access issues etc)
The City of Fremantle has also made a commitment to improving access to employment within the City (eg work experience, recruitment practices etc).
Click here to view the City of Fremantle's disability access and inclusion plan (DAIP)