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Help us make the Northern Beaches more inclusive and accessible

Northern Beaches Council needs your help to develop our next Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).

A Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) tells people what Council will do to make life easier for people living with disability.

We want to know how Council can:

  • help you feel more included in the community
  • make it easier for you to get around on the Northern Beaches
  • make it easier for you to work or volunteer
  • improve the way we deliver services and communicate with you.

Have your say

Whether you are a person living with disability, a person with caring responsibilities, a service provider or an interested community member, we want to hear from you.

You can share your experiences and ideas in different ways by clicking on the boxes below. Feel free to choose the activity that works best for you. You can also watch this video explaining the different activities.

Everyone is welcome to do the community survey, however, some of the questions are more relevant to people with a lived experience of disability. Feel free to skip the questions that don’t apply to you and share ideas for a more inclusive and accessible Northern Beaches.

The Vision Board is also available to those who just want to share a few words or images.

If you work in a disability service or have caring responsibilities, the Workshop in a Box resources can help you facilitate a discussion in your own setting.

The Chatterbox activity is a fun way to engage people in the discussion about inclusion and can be done with family, friends, participants and colleagues.

If you need assistance or an Easy Read version of any of the consultation material, please contact Luca Chudleigh on (02) 8495 5386 or

Please share your feedback by Sunday 7 November 2021.

Learn more

If you want to learn more about this project, click on the boxes below and they will expand to show you the information.

Northern beaches Council is developing our next Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).

The new DIAP will outline what Council plans to do over the next four years to make sure people with disability feel included and can participate fully in their local community.

The DIAP will focus on four key areas:

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

We want to understand barriers and identify opportunities for improvement relating to each of these focus areas.

Our goal is to build on progress made with the implementation of the first DIAP 2017 and set priorities and actions to meet the diverse needs of people with a disability in our community.

We hope to have the draft DIAP 2022-2026 on public exhibition in March 2022 to gather community feedback to inform the final plan. The final DIAP will be presented to Council for endorsement by Council in June 2022.

More than 4 million people in Australia have a disability, or around 18% of the population.

  • 1 in 6 people are estimated to have a disability.
  • 1 in 3 people stated they avoided situations because of their disability.

(Reference: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2020), People with disability in Australia.)

On the Northern Beaches:

People living with disability are diverse – having different types and levels of disability, coming from a range of demographic and socioeconomic groups, and having varying needs for assistance.

Council is committed to providing accessible and inclusive services, infrastructure and opportunities for all people on the Northern Beaches. The recently adopted Better Together 2040 Social Sustainability Strategy provides the strategic direction for ensuring the community is safe, inclusive and connected for all.

In 2014, to help overcome some of the disadvantage that people with a disability face every day, the NSW Government introduced new legislation that requires all government agencies, including Councils, to produce a four-year Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

The DIAP is our opportunity to demonstrate Council’s commitment to going beyond compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act and begin to break down attitudinal, physical, communication and social barriers in the Northern Beaches community.

Council’s first Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) 2017-2021 had a total of 78 actions across the four focus areas.

Some notable actions include:

  • New whole of Staff learning module on disability awareness developed and implemented.
  • Introduction of an Access and Inclusion Award to recognise inclusive businesses in the Northern Beaches Local Business Awards.
  • Upgrades to a range of parks and facilities including Lionel Watts Reserve, Manly Dam, Narrabeen Lagoon Trail and Beacon Hill Community Centre.
  • Council website updated to achieve an AA rating under the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and all online forms provided in a range of formats to be more accessible.

Building on the success of the previous DIAP, our goal for the future is to further embed accessibility and inclusion principles in Council culture and processes.


  • Timeline item 1 - active

    Oct - Nov 2021: Community consultation

  • Timeline item 2 - incomplete

    Dec 2021 - Jan 2022: Action planning

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Mar - Apr 2022: Public exhibition of draft DIAP

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Jun 2022: Report to Council for adoption of DIAP

Contact me

If you have a question, need some assistance or want to learn more about this project, feel free to contact me:

Name Luca Chudleigh - Social Planner, Social Planning & Services
Phone (02) 8495 5386