City of Port Phillip is committed to improving equitable participation and inclusion of people with disability within our community. Our vision is to strengthen the Port Phillip community as a place in which people with disability feel valued and have a positive sense of belonging. Our purpose is shaped by putting the community first, being inclusive and fair.

Accessibility and Disability Inclusion updates

Hot off the press!

We are changing to a different way for the Port Phillip community to receive information about accessibility and disability inclusion topics. Rather than the membership-based network of the former City of Port Phillip Access Network (CoPPAN), we will now post relevant updates and news on this page. There will be an option for you to subscribe to receive news alerts. If you would like to be on our Accessibility and Disability Inclusion distribution list to receive notifications, you can subscribe by providing your details.

In other news

  • Have your say on Port Phillip’s future. Currently you can provide feedback on the draft Council Plan 2021-31 and drat Budget 2021/22 by 23 May 2021. For more information, go to our Have Your Say information page.
  • Bookings for the Beach Wheelchairs have now closed and the beach matting has been stored away for the winter months. To learn more about this equipment, visit Accessible Beaches.
  • Enjoy learning about how local businesses such as Middle Park Post Office and St Kilda's Sisters of Soul demonstrate inclusive practice.
  • We’re inviting you to share your stories about local businesses demonstrating the inclusion of people with disability. Contact Kelly (Access and Engagement Officer) with your story. Email or phone via 03 9209 6777 and ask for Kelly.

State and Nation wide updates

  • A new National Disability Strategy The Commonwealth, state, territory and local governments across Australia are working together in consultation with people with disability to develop the new Strategy to take effect later in 2021.
  • The National Disability Employment Strategy will be a key element of the Government addressing the National Disability Strategy commitment to increase employment and economic inclusion for people with disability. A public consultation process to inform development of the Employment Strategy opened at 9am AEST on Monday 12 April 2021 and will close at 9am AEST on Monday 17 May 2021.
  • Victorian Disability Plan 2021-25 consultations close on the 30 April 2021. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact Office for Disability via email or by calling 1300 880 043
  • Be part of the next generation of leaders! Apply now for the Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) Young Leaders Program! Meet other young leaders, learn from well-known disability leaders and get exciting leadership opportunities. It’s a free online leadership program for young Victorians, aged 14 to 25, who identify as:
    • having a disability or health condition
    • being chronically ill
    • deaf
    • vision impaired or blind
    • neurodiverse
    • having lived experience of mental health issues.

Council aims to provide you with information and resources to support community members to be included. Information provided above are just some of the initiatives available locally and are not endorsed by or affiliated with Council.

Engage with us

Would you like to provide feedback, have a question or enquiry about accessibility and disability inclusion matters within Port Phillip? Contact our dedicated Access and Engagement Officer, Kelly:

Phone: 03 9209 6777 via ASSIST. Or use the National Relay Service.

City of Port Phillip Programs and Services

Access and Inclusion Plan 2019 - 2021

The Access and Inclusion Plan 2019 - 2021 is Council's third disability action plan. Our Access and Inclusion Plan was developed with improvements in the accessible design of our services, programs and physical environment in mind. We’ve included actions in this Plan that will make for a more equitable and accessible experience for people with disability using our services and taking advantage of the great recreational options the City of Port Phillip has to offer.

The current plan and interim status report are available online: Access and Inclusion Plan.

Accessible beaches

Port Melbourne Life Saving Club, St Kilda Life Saving Club and Life Saving Victoria, in partnership with the City of Port Phillip, have accessible beach equipment available to the community. This equipment removes some of the barriers that can prevent people with disability from enjoying our beaches.

Accessibility map

Information about accessible facilities and locations including beaches, parking, public toilets and beach showers are available by viewing the Accessibility Map.

Carer Information Hub

This Hub aims to provide information and resources to support community members in their role of carer. We say 'carer' to describe someone who provides care to another person who has a disability, a mental illness, is older or has an ongoing medical condition (including terminal or chronic illness or dementia). This care is typically more than expected in their usual role as a family member, friend or neighbour, and is unpaid. To learn more about carers, please visit the Carer Information Hub.

Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) services

The City of Port Phillip provides older people, people with disability and their carers access to a variety of support services to maximise independence at home and in the community. Find out more about our CHSP service at Community Support.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a national scheme for supporting people under the age of 65 who live with a significant and lasting disability that affects their daily life.

The City of Port Phillip is not registered as an NDIS provider. Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) is the designated Local Area Coordinator (LAC) for the Bayside Peninsula area. Port Phillip residents can contact the NDIS BSL Local Area Coordinator for assistance and advice in finding out more about the NDIS and eligibility.

National Relay Service

If you're deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us via the National Relay Service (NRS):