Access and inclusion
Local government has a critical role in encouraging and supporting active participation in community life, and ensuring that its services are accessible, equitable and inclusive to all residents, including:
- people from diverse cultural backgrounds, including and not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- people from cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
- those identifying as LGBTIQ+
- people of faith
- people of all ages, genders and abilities.
We're committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive and accessible community, as outlined in our Access and Inclusion Disability Strategy and Action Plan 2021-26
Ways that we support inclusion
- Disability parking permits
- Our new access keys (accessibility guides)
- Get Council info if you are hearing or vision impaired
- Migrants, refugees and our multicultural community
- Our Aboriginal community
- Report racism
- Register guide and assistance dogs
- Citizenship ceremonies
- For new residents
- Online inclusion training on this website
Our inclusivity statement
Cardinia Shire Council encourages a sense of belonging within our shire. We support an inclusive community comprised of people from diverse backgrounds, including and not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, those identifying as LGBTIQ+, people of faith, and people of all ages, genders and abilities.
Access and Inclusion Disability Strategy and Action Plan 2021-2026
A disability action plan sets out what we will do to make our community – workplaces, services, programs and venues – more accessible to people with disability so they are equitable, inclusive, and safe.
Disability action plans are based on 4 outcomes for people with disability:
- Reducing barriers to people with a disability in accessing goods, services, and facilities.
- Reducing barriers to people with a disability in obtaining and maintaining employment.
- Promoting inclusion and participation of people with a disability in the community.
- Achieving tangible changes in attitudes and practices which discriminate against people with disability.
Cardinia Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee
Cardinia Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee (CAIAC) is committed to making Cardinia Shire welcoming, accessible and inclusive to all.
The Access and Inclusion Committee are representatives of the disability community, disability sector and Cardinia Shire Councillors.
- We monitor and review access and inclusion policy and Council's disability action plan
- We provide information to Council on issues impacting upon people with disability that prevent inclusion in the community
- We have input and participation in strategic planning
- We are represented on Council Community Advisory Committee’s for local projects
- We liaise with Cardinia Shire Council on Council related matters
Time: 10am to 12 noon
Seeking new members for Cardinia's Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee 2022
- Applications are being invited from the community to join Council’s Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee.
- Local people with a lived experience of disability or a carer/support person of a person with a disability as well as representatives of community groups and disability organisations are encouraged to apply.
- The committee provides a forum for Cardinia Shire residents, businesses, and community groups representing the interests of people with disability in our area.
- The committee is responsible for monitoring, reviewing, and supporting Council’s Access and Inclusion Disability Strategy and Action Plan. This includes providing information and timely advice to Council on issues impacting people with a disability which prevent full involvement and inclusion in community life.
- Meetings are held every 2 months, on each third Wednesday of alternate months at 10am to midday.
- Meetings may be in person or online, and are held at Outlook Community Centre, 24 Toomuc Valley Road, Pakenham.
An access key is an accessibility guide for people with a disability.
Visit the access keys page for access keys for the following facilities:
- Cardinia Cultural Centre
- Deep Creek Reserve, Pakenham
- all-abilities play space (eco play)
- eco centre
- golf club
- indigenous plant nursery
- Pakenham Library and Community Hall
'You Me Us' - free online inclusion training
The training focuses on topics including:
Participants can watch videos, complete quizzes and receive a certificate of completion. It's a great tool for your induction or orientation program, or to promote that you're a disability-aware business, service or organisation.
While the programs are tailored to the needs of leisure centres and community centres, anyone who is interested and keen to learn can access them. It also has videos and resources to help businesses create a more accessible and welcoming environment for customers.
This portal is sponsored by Metro Access (a local government initiative in Victoria) and Liberate Learning.
An inclusive community
Increased community disability awareness
Cardinia Shire Power Up locations:
Civic Centre – Officer
Cardinia Life – Pakenham
Cockatoo Senior Citizens
Emerald Evergreen Senior Citizens
Gembrook Community Centre
Kooweerup Community Centre
Kooweerup Regional Health Service
Lang Lang Senior Citizens
Pakenham Hall/Library Complex
Pakenham Senior Citizens
Toomah Community Centre
Toomuc Recreation Reserve Pavilion
How to apply for a sign:
- Provide an accessible, designated power point
- Clear access to the power point
- Have a Residual Current Device (RCD) installed or mounted on the electrical switchboard of their premises
- Have public liability insurance coverage of a minimum of $20 million
Then contact us:
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Cardinia Shire
What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?
Local Area Coordinators (LAC)
help you understand and access the NDIS
help you to find and start receiving the services in your NDIS plan
help you to make changes to your plan through a plan review
look at the Latrobe Community Health Service webpage
- call them on 1800 242 696
- visit their office at Level 1, 48 John Street, Pakenham, VIC 3810
Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)
ECEI is an approach to provide parents / primary caregivers of young children (0-6 years) who have developmental delay or disabilities timely access to best-practice early childhood supports, experiences and opportunities.
help you find supports in your area
provide some short-term early intervention
help you to request NDIS access if your child requires longer-term early childhood intervention supports.
look at the Link Health and Community webpage
call them on 1800 546 532
vist their office by appointment only at Suite 1/7 Bakewell Street, Cranbourne 3977
Am I eligible to access the NDIS?
Find out on the NDIS webpage
Accessible buildings and facilities
We follow our Access Design Guidelines to ensure new buildings and facilities are accessible for everyone in our community.