Disability Access and Inclusion

International Day of People with Disabilities

International Day of People with Disabilities was Monday 3 December 2018 and each year its arrival provides a timely opportunity for us to reflect on how our City is progressing as an inclusive community.
While the day is usually marked with a celebration, this year we are encouraging greater inclusion and recognition of disability beyond just the one day. In 2018, more than 110 City of Newcastle staff attended training focussed on improving accessibility and disability inclusion.
In 2017, CN also established the Disability Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC) to provide greater support and recognition for people living with a disability, their families and carers.  The DIAC ties in through the City's Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016-2019, which has been encouraging greater support and recognition of disability over recent years.

International Day of People with Disabilities was Monday 3 December 2018Image from the short film The Next Move, which will be display on 13 December. Watch the trailer now https://www.bardicstudio.com.au/host-a-screening

In 2018, the DIAC determined to support two events to acknowledge International Day of People with Disabilities.  These are: 

I'm more like you than you think

A living books session where local people with disabilities talk about their experiences and can be 'read' by those attending.  The session is happening on Thursday 13 December at the Lovett Gallery Space at 1pm.  Please RSVP to Steve Warham by 11 December to swarham@ncc.nsw.gov.au 

The Wide Angle Film Festival

Two screenings of a collection of award winning Australian and International short films that reflect the lived experience of people with disabilities. The screenings will include open captions.
The event is happening on Thursday 13 December at the Lovett Gallery Space. The first screening is at 3pm and the second at 5:30pm.  Film content goes for just for an hour and a short discussion will also be held on the day.  For bookings or to discuss these events further, please contact Steve Warham on 0419 616 818.
Access Information: The Newcastle Library building is accessible by ramp and internally via a lift between floors, there is an accessible toilet, however it may not cater for some larger mobility scooters and electric chairs.  Please contact Steve for more information and discuss how we can assist on 0419 616 818. 

Disability Inclusion Advisory Committee

City of Newcastle Disability Inclusion Advisory Committee has recently been established and the first meeting of this new committee was held on 28 February 2018. The committee will assist us with the implementation of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016-2019 and also advise on current and relevant local matters related to disability inclusion in Newcastle.

For further information about the committee or matters related to Disability Inclusion please contact Stephen Warham either by email: swarham@ncc.nsw.gov.au or call 4974 2855.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016-2019

We adopted the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016-2019 prepared in accordance with s.12 of the NSW Disability Inclusion Act at out Ordinary Meeting on 22 March 2016.  The plan outlines how council will contribute to making Newcastle an inclusive and accessible city for everyone.

The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016-2019 was prepared in consultation with the community.  Within the plan is a Statement of Commitment from Council to the community which reads as follows:

Statement of Commitment
'We as the prominent citizens and representatives of Newcastle affirm our commitment to:

  • Advocating equal rights for all and improving our city as an accessible and inclusive place,
  • Striving for an inclusive society through collaborations with community, business and government groups,
  • Improving awareness of and access to Council facilitates for improved community wellbeing'

You can access the plan in a variety of formats by clicking on the links below:

If you require a copy of the plan in an alternative format, you can contact us on:

Phone:  4974 2855
Text:      0419 616 818
Email:    communityadmin@ncc.nsw.gov.au

 Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016 - 2019 (Accessible PDF)
 Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016 - 2019 (Text only/WORD format)
 Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016 - 2019 (Easy Read format)

National Disability Insurance Agency

National Disability Insurance Agency - NDIA (agency delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme)

If you are a person living with a disability and you meet the relevant  access requirements you can become a participant in the scheme.  The access requirements will be explained when you call the NDIA.
Call 1800 800 110
If you do not meet the relevant access requirements, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) may be able to provide you with  information about other supports that could be of benefit to you and assist in referral to these.