Access and Inclusion
Just like everyone else, people with disability have abilities, aspirations and contributions to make to their local communities. Their relationships with friends, family and loved ones, as well as opportunities to try new things and get out and about in the community, are all part of having a good life.
Access and inclusion
Socially Inclusive Communites WA (SICWA) is a new program from Inclusion Solutions which looks to support local governments and their community groups in making their activities more inclusive for people who experience marginalisation or exclusion. This program includes opportunities for training and mentorship to interested groups to make changes within their own activities.
Following feedback, the City will be accepting Expressions of Interest into the mentorship stream of the program from community groups and clubs operating within the City of Subiaco on an ongoing basis until all positions are filled. Community organisations and clubs in neighbouring areas who can demonstrate benefit to residents within the City of Subiaco are also encouraged to apply.
Please be sure to note on your application why you think your participation is valuable to the City of Subiaco community. Reasons may include a high number of members who reside or work within the City of Subiaco boundaries, or a significant number of activities within the City of Subiaco boundaries.
If you are representing a group not based within the City of Subiaco or would like more information about the program generally, you are encouraged to call the City’s Access and Inclusion Officer – 9237 9304 or by email at email@example.com.
Applicants within the City of Subiaco can expect a response within 10 business days or 15 business days for groups outside of the boundaries. Please download the application form.
The Socially Inclusive Communities WA training program is open to any interested community group or club representatives, or other community members including residents and business owners.
Disability events and activities within Subiaco
The City works to ensure all events and programs hosted by the City are accessible. To ensure City staff can best support you at an event please make them aware when you RSVP of any specific access requirements, such as accessible parking, an Auslan interpreter or audio loop, that you may require.
To ensure the built environment is accessible, the City also works with prospective builders and developers. For more information about the laws, regulations, standards and guidelines please visit the Building applications and forms page of the website and download the summary document.
The City is required by legislation to develop a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) and implement strategies to improve the inclusiveness and accessibility of every service the City of Subiaco provides for the community, residents and visitors. You can read the city’s DAIP here (PDF, 5.1MB).
There are seven outcome areas within the DAIP which the City works towards.
- Outcome 1: People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to access the services of, and any events organised by, the relevant public authority
- Outcome 2: People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to access the buildings and other facilities of the relevant public authority
- Outcome 3: People with disabilities receive information in the relevant public authority in a format that will enable them to access the information as readily as other people are able to access it.
- Outcome 4: People with disabilities receive the same level and quality of service from the staff of the relevant public authority.
- Outcome 5: People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to make complaints to the relevant public authority.
- Outcome 6: People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to participate in any public consultation by the relevant public authority.
- Outcome 7: People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to be employed by the City of Subiaco.
The Disability Access and Inclusion Committee (DAIC) consist of people with disability, community members with an interest and/or expertise in disability issues, service providers and elected members. The role of the DAIC is to advise the council on issues pertaining to disability in the community. Anyone can nominate to be a member of the committee and from time to time, there will be advertisements asking for new members. If you are interested in becoming a member, contact the city at firstname.lastname@example.org. Minutes from the latest DAIC meeting are located on the City’s website.
Subiaco Community Transport Service
Do you require assistance to travel locally for essential activities such as medical appointments and shopping? If you are a City of Subiaco resident, receive an aged or disability pension or equivalent, are not eligible for the Taxi User Subsidy Scheme, cannot self-drive or use public transport, and other services are not appropriate, you may be eligible for a Cab Charge gift card as part of the Subiaco Community Transport Service. To find out more about the program, contact the City or download the following documents:
For further details contact the City on 9237 9222 or email email@example.com
Taxi User Subsidy Scheme (TUSS)
In July 2019 the Department of Transport revised the eligibility criteria of the TUSS. If eligible for the TUSS you may receive up to a 50% subsidy on all future taxi travel, to a maximum of $25 per trip, or a 75% subsidy if you use a wheelchair or scooter. Please visit the Department of Transport website or phone 1300 660 147 to check if you are eligible and to apply.
St John Patient Transfer and Community Transport Services
St John’s Patient Transfer is design to assist patients to reach a medical appointment at a hospital. For more information please phone 9334 1234. St John’s Community Transport Service is available for patients travelling to or from a medical appointment and are able to enter and exit a vehicle unassisted. For more information please phone 9334 1300. For more information about both services please visit the St John Patient and Community Transport Services website.
Home and Community Care (HACC)
HACC services can include transport to and from shopping and medical appointments. For more information please phone 1800 200 422 or visit the My Aged Care website.
The City of Subiaco is proud to be the first local government to introduce the 'Recharge Scheme' in Western Australia. The scheme provides community members with the option of charging their motorised mobility devices, such as scooters and electronic wheelchairs, at community venues, local businesses and City-owned buildings identified as ‘recharge points’. The City will work closely with businesses to ensure the designated area meets the appropriate safety and access requirements.
Recharge points in the City of Subiaco are as follows:
- Dôme Café, 26 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
- Subiaco Library, 237 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
- Earthwise, 315 Bagot Road, Subiaco
- Lords Recreation Centre, 3 Price Street, Subiaco
Recharge point stickers are displayed on the windows of participating businesses, as well as above or near the designated power points for easy identification. If you are interested in your business becoming a recharge point, please contact the City on 9237 9222
For more information about the Recharge Scheme, please visit the website.
There are a number of services providers that provide services within Subiaco and to its residents.
My Age Care is an Australian Government website which provides advice and services to assist seniors remain independent in their home or to find placements in residential facilities. Please contact them for information about services within your age and requirements. The City also has a website page dedicated to services and events for seniors.
Disability Services is a team within the Department of Communities who provides information and services to people with disability across WA. Please visit their website for your area coordinator’s contact details and details of services within your area.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is currently being rolled out across WA and will be implemented to the City of Subiaco by 1 July 2019. For more information during this period please visit their website.