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DIER Disability Action Plan

Disability Framework for Action - 2005 to 2010

The Disability Framework applies to all people with a disability in Tasmania, as specified in the Disability Services Act 1992. This includes people with a disability which:

(a) Is attributable to an intellectual, psychiatric, sensory or physical impairment or a combination of those impairments;
(b) Is permanent or likely to be permanent;
(c) Results in a substantially reduced capacity of a person for communication, learning or mobility, the need for continuing support services and which may or may not be chronic or episodic in nature.

It covers people with intellectual, psychiatric, sensory or physical impairments, as well as individuals with cognitive impairments who fall within the equivalent Commonwealth legislation.

In 2003, an estimated 111,700 Tasmanians had a disability, representing 23.5% of the population at that time, which 7.8% of the total population, or an estimated 37,100 Tasmanians, had a profound or severe cover activity restriction.

Equity: People with a disability have the same rights as other citizens and equal opportunity to participate in the social, cultural, economic and political life of our community and to access the structures, processes and resources to realise these opportunities.

Inclusiveness: Mainstream programs, services and facilities should be available and accessible to people with disabilities.

Access: Ensure access to specialist services that are appropriate to the needs of individuals

Autonomy: People with a disability should be free to make or influence the decisions and choices that affect their lives.

Recognising and Supporting Diversity: The knowledge and life experience of people with a disability, and the contribution they make to society, should be acknowledged and valued, including Government policy.

Non-discrimination: All people have the right to live their lives free of discrimination

Prioritising Resources: Resources should be targeted to areas in which they can make the greatest difference in the lives of people with a disability.  Priority should be given to those in greatest need, particularly those with severe or profound disabilities.

Source: Disability Framework for Action 2005-2010, a whole of government framework for Tasmanians with a disability, Department of Premier and Cabinet

PREAMBLE

In developing DIER's Disability Action Plan the Senior HR Consultant formed a Working Group consisting of a diverse group of employees across DIER.  DIER's Disability Action Plan is broken into three (3) sections as follows:

  1. Employment at DIER
  2. Community Accessibility
  3. Access to and Working within the DIER Environment

Consultation has occurred between all DIER management and employees (including those with disability), the Disability Bureau (DPAC) and various Disability Sector Organisations. 

1. EMPLOYMENT AT DIER

The Department of Infrastructure Energy & Resources (DIER) supports recruitment of all people (including those with a disability).

GOAL:  To provide a workplace culture that values and actively promotes the employment of people with disability.
OBJECTIVE:  To promote and support employment opportunities within DIER for people with a disability
ACTION/S AGENCY COLLABORATION TIME SCALE LEAD RESOURCES COST DATES FOR MONITORING
a. Consider people with disability when developing and/or reviewing Statements of Duties and implementing the selection process so as not to exclude people with disability Human Resources Ongoing Human Resources All Divisions N/a Ongoing
b. Increased utilisation of the Fixed Term Disability Employment Register All Divisions Ongoing Human Resources Human Resources in collaboration with recruiting manager N/a Ongoing
c. Human Resources offer disability employment awareness sessions accessible to all staff   All Divisions December 08 Human Resources Human Resources and external recruitment agency specialising in disability placements N/a Ongoing
d. Ensure new and existing policies and programs reflect diversity principles (where relevant) All Divisions Ongoing Human Resources All Divisions N/a Ongoing
e. Ensure accessibility for people with a disability to DIER's internal and external websites Corporate Affairs Ongoing Corporate Affairs All Divisions N/a Ongoing
f. Provide accessibility for all people within the agency giving consideration to the needs of an ageing workforce and incapacity due to illness or injury of any kind All Divisions Ongoing Human Resources All Divisions in conjunction with Human Resources Additional costs will be absorbed within branch or division budgets Ongoing
g. Participate in disability awareness training Passenger Transport Ongoing Passenger Transport Tasmanians with Disabilities Inc. N/a Ongoing
h. Provide all employees with an awareness of DIER's Workplace Diversity Policy and Plan and Disability Action Plan  All Divisions Ongoing Human Resources Human Resources 
- Orientation Day
- HR Intranet
All managers
N/a Ongoing

2. COMMUNITY ACCESSIBILITY

The Department of Infrastructure Energy & Resources (DIER) will ensure accessibility to public services facilitated by DIER.

GOAL:  To promote accessible transport and ensure greater equity of access.
OBJECTIVE:  To remove barriers inhibiting the personal mobility of persons with a disability.
ACTION/S AGENCY COLLABORATION TIME SCALE LEAD RESOURCES COST DATES FOR MONITORING
a. Maintain an ongoing dialogue with disability groups in relation to access to public transport Passenger Transport Ongoing Passenger Transport Passenger Transport & representative N/a Ongoing
b. Participate with inter-state authorities on a plan to achieve greater national harmonisation of disability parking Passenger Transport & Roads and Traffic Dec 2009 Passenger Transport Passenger Transport, LGAT, Interstate & Commonwealth authorities TBD Ongoing
 c. Expand the use of 'smart card' and related technologies to improve convenience of WAT travel for TAS members Passenger Tranpsort 2009/10

Passenger Transport

Passenger Transport Passenger Transport & WAT operators TBD Ongoing
d. Facilitate through the outcomes of the Review of Core Passenger Transport Services increased investment of accessible vehicles and infrastructure Passenger Transport Ongoing Passenger Transport Passenger Transport & Passenger Transport industry, Local Government N/a Ongoing
e. Pursue legislative reform to increase availability of wheelchair accessible taxi (WAT) licences Passenger Transport & Land Transport Safety (Vehicle Operations) Dec 2008 Passenger Transport Passenger Transport N/a Ongoing
f. Collaborate with relevant agencies to ensure suitable public transport options for students with disabilities Passenger Transport & Education Ongoing Passenger Transport Passenger Transport & Education N/a Ongoing
g. Have systems and processes in place to enable persons with disabilities to obtain driver licences. Land Transport Safety (Registration and Licensing) Ongoing Land Transport Safety Registration and Licensing N/a Ongoing
h. Approve modifications that enable people with disabilities to drive a motor vehicle.  Land Transport Safety (Vehicle Operations) Ongoing Land Transport Safety Vehicle Operations N/a Ongoing
i. Ensure that within the Taxi Training Course a unit on transporting people with disabilities is periodically reviewed and updated. Land Transport Safety (Registration and Licensing) Ongoing Land Transport Safety Registration and Licensing N/a Ongoing
j. Participate in disability awareness training Passenger Transport Ongoing Passenger Transport Tasmanians with Disabilities Inc. N/a Ongoing
k. Provide all employees with an awareness of DIER's Workplace Diversity Policy and Plan and Disability Action Plan All Divisions Ongoing Human Resources Human Resources
- Orientation Day
- HR Intranet
All Managers
N/a Ongoing

3. ACCESS TO AND WORKING WITHIN THE DIER ENVIRONMENT

The Department of Infrastructure Energy & Resources (DIER) recognises that all people are entitled to work in an environment that takes into account equal access to all services.

GOAL:  All DIER buildings offices and work locations will provide access to people with a disability.
OBJECTIVE:  Reduce barriers to access in Department operated buildings.
ACTION/S AGENCY COLLABORATION TIME SCALE LEAD RESOURCES COST DATES FOR MONITORING
a. Ensure that disability access requirements are built into the specifications for new and refurbished offices and buildings. All Divisions As required Resource Management Branch Resource Management Branch in collaboration with divisions N/a Ongoing - when required.
b. Provide accessibility for people (including employees) with a disability to buildings and resources Corporate Services Ongoing Resource Management All Divisions N/a Ongoing

* Progress of the above initiatives will be reported on annually via the Department's Annual Report on Disability.