Accessibility and inclusivity

Cardinia Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee (CAIAC) is committed to making Cardinia Shire welcoming, accessible and inclusive to all. The committee includes a group of people and organisations with an interest in improving access and opportunities for people with a disability.

The committee was formerly called the Disability Advisory Committee.


CAIAC works on behalf of people of all abilities, their families and carers to reduce barriers, in Council and the community, which are harmful to people with a disability.

Its members work with the community and Council in areas like policy development, information and awareness raising, advocacy and advice. The committee offersinformation and advises Council on relevant issues including public access to our facilities or initiatives.

The committee also provides advice and support to residents on access and advocacy.


The meetings are open to the public.

Third Wednesday of the month
Pakenham U3A rooms at the Pakenham Hall/Library, 6E Henry Street, Pakenham
(no meeting in January)

More information

For more information or to register your interest contact the MetroAccess Project Officer on 1300 787 624 or

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. 

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.

We follow our Access Design Guidelines to ensure new buildings and facilities are accessible for everyone in our community.

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of delivering services and providing support for Australians with a disability, and their families and carers. Under the NDIS, people with a disability, their families and carers will have control over how, when and where their funding is spent. The NDIA will work with participants to make sure they have supports in place to meet their goals.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent agency responsible for implementing the NDIS. The NDIS has been rolled out progressively in Victoria over a 3-year period.

When did the NDIS roll out in Cardinia Shire?

From 1 September 2018. 

Am I eligible to access the NDIS?

To check if you are eligible go to the NDIS access checklist on the Australian Department of Human Services website

More information

Call the NDIS on 1800 800 110 or go to the NDIS website