Our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2019-2023
In Australia, one in five people have a disability, illness or injury. Access and Inclusion is not a ‘do once and celebrate’ thing. It is integral in how we operate day-to-day, election to election, from how people are treated from their initial contact with the VEC, through to being able to read and interact with election results and enrolment forms. It also includes how we recruit staff, ensure workplace adaptations and provide awareness training for all staff.
On December 3 this year, we launched our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2019-2023. To coincide with International Day for People with Disability, and to thank our stakeholders and Advisory Groups, we hosted an event at Treetops, Melbourne Museum.
Electoral Access Advisory Group member, Chris Edwards from Vision Australia and Debra Taylor, Community Specialist – Access and Inclusion from the VEC
Bree-arne Manley performs her moving song ‘Hold On’.
Debra Taylor (VEC), Christine Beard (VEC), Chris Edwards (Vision Australia), Jack Daw (DHHS).
The plan lays out the priority areas for improvement across the organisation and outlines key actions we have committed to, to see proactive change in how people with disability engage with our democracy and vote.
The plan was developed in consultation with VEC staff and contractors, VEC Advisory Groups and staff from the Victorian Public Service Enablers Network. It aligns with the VEC’s overarching Strategy 2023. The Disability Access and Inclusion Plan is a living document and will evolve as reviews are conducted.
The plan is available in accessible formats including Easy English, Braille, PDF and Word. View the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2019-2023.
For more information, phone Debra Taylor, Community Specialist - Access and Inclusion, on 8620 1183.