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RFVP Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub

Disability Action Planning

The Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub has been developed for organisations and practitioners who are working with people with disability who are experiencing or using family violence. 

The Resource Hub provides ready access to important resources that promote safety, accessibility, equity and inclusion of people with disability which can aid in reducing barriers and increasing safety.  Resources are relevant to Organisational Leaders, Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault Practitioners, Disability Services, Health, Family Support, Education and others.


Disability Action Plans (DAP), sometimes called Disability Inclusion and Access Plans, help employers and other organisations eliminate discrimination against people with disability and increase awareness of the rights of people with disability.

The purpose of a DAP is to encourage, recognise and promote an active commitment to eliminating disability discrimination and to promote the recognition of the rights of people with disability.

A DAP is a document which sets out an organisation’s strategy for identifying and addressing practices which might result in discrimination against people with disability and to promote the recognition of the rights of people with disability. It details how an organisation is making its workplace, products and services accessible and inclusive to people with disability, and informs the public how it is approaching diversity and inclusion.

A DAP is similar to a business plan, as it sets out a blueprint for change that is short, action-oriented, time-sensitive and measurable.

A good DAP should be seen as an opportunity to promote respect, value diversity and to make the organisation an inclusive environment for all inclusive of all staff and service users. This should include developing meaningful partnerships with people with disability including Disabled Persons Organisations.

This section provides resources and information to help inform the development of a DAP and accessible and inclusive services.


Creating accessible services - 30 ways to make your service more accessible

About this resource: People with Disability Australia have summarised a number of achievable actions that services can do to increase accessibility for people with disability who have experienced family violence. 

Applying this resource: For organisations and practitioners.   

Disability Action Planning - Audit tools – Women With Disabilities Victoria – Comprehensive Audit Tool

About this resource: Women with Disabilities Victoria have produced a comprehensive Disability Action Plan Audit Tool.  The Family Violence Disability Practice Leader Initiative has incorporated this tool with additional resources into a template that community service organisations can use as a resource to develop an inclusive and accessible service for people with disability. 

Applying this resource: For community service organisations. 

Disability Action Planning - Audit tools - Australian Network on Disability – Quick Assessment Tool

About this resource: The Australian Network on Disability have produced a quick Assessment Disability Action Plan Audit Tool.  The Family Violence Disability Practice Leader Initiative has incorporated this tool with additional considerations for Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault Services to quickly assess the status of their service regarding inclusion and accessibility for people with disability. 

Applying this resource: For Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault Services. 

Creating accessible and inclusive Events - Women’s Health Services - Disability Audit Tool - Services and Participation - Events and Activities

About this resource:Women with Disabilities Victoria have created an Audit tool to assist organisations to create inclusive and accessible events. This tool covers inclusive engagement, interactions, service delivery and participation of women with disabilities within the context of your organisation. The questions apply to the multiple contexts in which women with disabilities may interact, including accessing events and consultations, as visitors, volunteers and employees.

Applying this resource: For community service organisations.  

Creating meaningful partnerships and centering the voices of people with disability – Margins to Mainstream Project - Preventing violence against women with disabilities – supported by Women’s Health East and Women with Disabilities Victoria.

About this resource: The project is designed to amplify the voices of women with disabilities, by centring their expertise in primary prevention work and building the capacity of partners to contribute to the prevention of violence against women with disabilities. Women with lived experience of disability, including neurodiversity, mental health and chronic health conditions are at the centre of the Margins to the Mainstream Project through the Project Experts Group (see more information about the Experts Group here)

The Margins to Mainstream Project also produced a guide to best practice co-design and consultation with women with disabilities. This guide promotes principled consultation and co-design with women with disabilities. It outlines a set of eight essential practices that enable ethical, effective work with wide-ranging benefits. Created as part of Women’s Health East’s Margins to the Mainstream project, this guide was co-designed with the Experts Group.

Asking The Experts: A guide to best practice co-design and consultation with women
with disabilities (download PDF here)

Applying this resource: For organisations and practitioners.  

Examples of DAPS

About this resource: Examples of DAPS can be found on the Disability Action Plan Register hosted by the Human Rights Commission of Australia.

Applying this resource: Organisations and organisational leaders 

Access Guides - Access ability Australia

About this resource: Access Ability Australia offer templates for developing Access Guides to improve visitor information and experience. Access Keys provide people with information necessary to locate
your service and provides information about transport and how people with disability can access
your service. Access Keys are a simple tool that can help welcome, include and reduce anxiety
in finding a service for people of all abilities.

Applying this resource: For people with disability to help prepare and reduce barriers to accessing a service or venue. 

Easy English vs Plain English – A guide to creating accessible content

About this resource: The Center for Inclusive Design has developed a quick guide that explains and demonstrates the difference between Easy English and Plain English.  Writing in Easy English or Plain English makes information more accessible for everyone. There is a real need to present content in a simple and clear way, so more Australians can meet their everyday needs.

Applying this resource: For organisations and practitioners  .   

Center for Accessibility Australia

About this resource: The Centre for Accessibility Australia is a not-for-profit collaboration working to promote digital access. The website contains information, guidance and resources to assist organizations to
create accessible communications and content. The Centre offers training and includes Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and audit tools.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines:

https://www.accessibility.org.au/guides/what-is-the-wcag-standard/

Applying this resource: For organisations. 

Example of an accessible Client Consent Form

About this resource: An example of a Client Consent Form in Easy Read format produced by People with Disability Australia.

Applying this resource: For community service organisations.     

Peak bodies and other disability associations

About this resource: A range of peak bodies and associations exist to support disability organisations and individuals around Australia. If you have a particular area of interest or are seeking information to support
disability employment in your workplace, you can contact any of the groups below.

Applying this resource: For community service organisations and practitioners.     

Inclusive recruitment of people with disabilities - Autism and the Workplace - Tips for productive communication

About this resource: LaTrobe University have produced a tip sheet on communicating with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

Applying this resource:For community service organisations and practitioners.   

Inclusive recruitment of people with disabilities - Understanding Autism for employers

About this resource: A Neurodiversity Hub brochure explaining Autism in the context of the workplace to assist employers.

Applying this resource: For community service organisations and practitioners.   

Autism Communication Tips

About this resource: A Neurodiversity Hub resource explaining strategies to assist communication with people with Autism in the workplace. 

Applying this resource: For community service organisations and practitioners.   

LGBTIQA+ - The Employable Q Toolkit

About this resource: LGBTIQ+ Health Australia have developed a toolkit for employers to assist in creating safe workspaces for LGBTIQA+ people with disabilities.  The EmployableQ toolkit provides a non-prescriptive set of resources to guide and support organisations to build inclusive, welcoming, and safe workplaces for LGBTIQ+ people with disability.  The Toolkit is underpinned by the 4 Pillars of Inclusion Framework: 

  1. Creating A Culture Of Inclusion 
  1. Feeling Safe In The Workplace 
  1. Accessible Recruitment 
  1. Access and Adjustments At Work 

A co-design team was established to ensure that all resources reflect the needs of people who are both LGBTIQA+ and who have lived experience of disability. 

Applying this resource: For community service organisations and practitioners.   

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