People with disabilities

Tweed Shire Council is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for people with a disability to take part in every aspect of community life and have fair access to Council and community programs, services and resources.

Events and activities supported

International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations designated day held annually on 3 December. The day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues, with a focus on the rights of people with disabilities and the gains from integrating people with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities.

Access and Inclusion Awards

The Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards were launched in 2013 to celebrate achievement and innovation in building an accessible community.

The awards recognise and acknowledge action by individuals, community groups, organisations and businesses that build and promote an accessible and inclusive Tweed community. They culminate in an awards ceremony in early December, to coincide with the International Day of People with Disability.

Visit Access and inclusion awards for more information.

Watch a video of the 2013 awards ceremony, featuring the entertainers and all the award and certificate recipients.

Committees, interagencies, networks and working groups

The Tweed Shire Equal Access Advisory Committee is appointed to advise Council of community and organisational perspectives on access issues. Objectives of the Committee are to:

  1. Provide a forum to address public access issues raised by the community.
  2. Provide advice and recommendations for consideration to Council on relevant access issues.
  3. Provide advice to Council to assist in raising public awareness of access issues.
  4. Provide advice to Council, as requested, on access provisions for major building and development applications.
  5. Keep Council informed on disability access issues.

The Tweed Disability Interagency Network is a bi-monthly forum for all service providers and representatives of consumer groups who are interested in the promotion, expansion and coordination of disability services in the Tweed Local Government Area.

Policy and strategic documents

Access and Inclusion Policy

The Access and Inclusion Policy(PDF, 46KB) provides a framework outlining Council's commitment to improving access and inclusion.

Access and Inclusion Action Plan 2018-2021

We developed a Disability Plan in August 2014 to create a more inclusive and accessible community for all residents and visitors to the Tweed Shire. This Plan was adjusted in 2018 to meet the NSW Disability Inclusion Action Planning Guidelines in the NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014.

There are four Key Focus Areas in the new Disability Inclusion Plan:

  1. Developing positive community attitudes and behaviours
  2. Creating liveable communities
  3. Supporting access to meaningful employment
  4. Improving access to services through better systems and processes

Access and Inclusion Plan 2018-2021(PDF, 3MB)

Access and Inclusion Plan 2018-2021 - Easy English version(PDF, 729KB)

Issues Papers

The Tweed Shire Issues Paper and Profile of People with Disability(PDF, 574KB) has been endorsed to inform the development of Council's Access and Inclusion Policy and Action Plan.