Communities and Justice

Useful resources and links for Disability Inclusion Planning

The resources below will assist you in making your part of NSW a place that welcomes and includes people with disability.

NSW Department of Communities and Justice Services Guidelines for developing DIAPs

The DIAP Guidelines (PDF, 3.3 MB) provide an overview of DIAPs and a step by step plan for Action Plan development and implementation as well as a list of links and resources.

The Disability Inclusion Action Planning resources page also provides links to resources on each of the four focus areas.

These focus areas include:

  • Developing positive community attitudes and behaviours.
  • Creating liveable communities.
  • Supporting access to meaningful employment.
  • Improving access to mainstream services through better systems and processes.

Other guidelines for developing DIAPs

The NSW Disability Network Forum has published a useful resource to assist in the development of DIAPs: Eliminating Discrimination and Embracing Diversity: Effective Disability Inclusion Action Planning. This resource was developed in consultation with people with disability and strongly incorporates the perspectives and voices of people with disability about what they would like to see in DIAPs. It includes information about best practice when consulting with people with disability, developing effective strategies for the DIAP and monitoring, evaluation and reporting, as well as a DIAP checklist.

The Department of Social Services website provides a framework for businesses developing Disability Action Plans.

Consultation with people with disability

Access the Disability Council NSW’s overview of consultation with people with disability.

Beyond Words: Lessons on translation trust and meaning from the No more ‘mualagh’ project provides examples of inclusive collaboration and consultation and tips on best practice when consulting diverse communities.

Read the Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing's web page on communicating and consulting with people with disability.

Evidence base for Disability Inclusion

Australian Bureau of Statistics collections on disability data can be accessed on the Australian Bureau of Statistics ‘People with a Disability’ webpage.

Download the NSW Public Service Commission report detailing the employment situation of people with disability in the NSW public sector, from the NSW Public Service Commission website.

The Australian Human Rights Commission provides a Disability Rights section on their website.

Positive community attitudes and behaviours

The Australian Human Rights Commission website Disability Rights section.

The annual Don’t Dis My Ability campaign website promotes positive community attitudes around disability in NSW.

Physical access

Standards Australia has written the following standards for disability access to buildings:

The Disability Rights section of the Australian Human Rights Commission website contains resources on disability and access issues, including information about access to premises.

The Association for the Blind WA, Guide Dogs WA website contains information for owners and managers of buildings and services about providing access for people who are blind or vision impaired.

The Department of Human Services in Victoria has produced a checklist that may be useful when assessing the accessibility of buildings and facilities.

The Australian Network on Disability website has information about evacuation procedures for people with disability.


Language relating to disability


  • The Australian Public Service Commission has produced a guide to including people with disability in the workplace: Ability at Work, tapping the talent of people with disability.
  • JobAccess supports the employment of people with disability by providing information and advice on their website for people with disability and their employers.
  • Disability Employment Australia has collated resources on the Disability confident workplaces webpage about how to ensure that a workplace is an inclusive and supportive environment for people with disability.
Last updated:

16 Dec 2022