We are committed to equal participation and inclusion of people with disability in 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. We aim to put the community first, be inclusive and fair.
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Hot off the press!
Alfred Health Carer Services is inviting male carers to complete an expression of interest form to participate in an online Carer's Crew, Male Carers Group. The group is to meet fortnightly on Fridays. Questions? Call the team on: 9076 6644 between 9 am and 4 pm (Monday to Friday) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Not much time left now! Calling new or beginner and experienced filmmakers for Community Stories on Film 2021! Contribute an original short film focusing on the theme of inclusion and belonging in Port Phillip. Find out how you can participate by viewing International Day of People with Disability.
The due date for registering your expression of interest is 10 November 2021.
In other news
- Help shape Council’s new Accessibility Action Plan (2022-24). We want to ensure that Port Phillip is a place in which people with disability feel valued and have a positive sense of belonging. In July and August we asked for your feedback to help inform our draft Accessibility Action Plan 2022-24. We are now reviewing your feedback which will help to inform the draft Accessibility Action Plan. The draft Plan will be available for you to review and provide feedback early next year. Check back late January 2022 so that you can Have Your Say on the draft Accessibility Action Plan.
- THRIVE at Open House celebrates local Deaf and disabled artists. Thrive is an exciting program presenting performances, visual art and film inspired by the geography of Emerald Hill. It has been produced by Arts Access Victoria with support from City of Port Phillip and occurs alongside Open House Melbourne. For information, sponsorship opportunities, questions or feedback, contact Creative Producer Sarah Houbolt:
Phone: 03 9699 8299
- Disability Liaison Officer service at Alfred Health is available to support with navigating the experience of vaccine and COVID testing. For more information please contact Alfred Health:
Phone: 0428 950 038
- The recreational spaces of Victoria should be places of inclusion for all people. We've joined neighbouring Councils from across Melbourne in partnering with CrowdSpot and Monash University’s gender, design and space specialists, XYX Lab, to gather perceptions of safety in public space in our local area. Where are the places you feel safe, happy and like you belong? Are there any places you feel unsafe or made to feel uneasy or excluded? Drop a pin on the map to tell us more about your experience.
- Transdev Access Card - if you are a traveller with specific needs, you can use a Transdev Access Card to communicate any assistance you require to drivers and/or other passengers. To learn more and to download an access cards view Transdev Accessibility or phone 03 9488 2100.
- To learn more about the Beach Wheelchair equipment and beach matting in Port Phillip please visit Accessible Beaches. Scheduled to return with the summer months.
- Enjoy learning about how local businesses such as Middle Park Post Office, St Kilda's Sisters of Soul and South Pacific Health Club demonstrate inclusive practice.
State and Nationwide updates
- Victorian Disability Worker Registration launches 1 July 2021 The Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria will assess registered workers to be safe, skilled and professional. Registration is voluntary and supports a safer, stronger disability sector. Registration will be valid until 30 September each year. For more information, phone 1800 497 132 between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday
- Working with Women with Disabilities e-learning course - A free, nationally accredited training for front line workers in Australia. You’ll learn how to recognise the signs of domestic and family violence, how to respond to women with disabilities with appropriate care, and how to refer them to support services. For more information contact DV-Alert at email@example.com
- Women with Disabilities Victoria has introduced new pilot online awareness raising micro courses. These courses explore violence against women with disabilities. The first course increases awareness of the impact of violence against women with disabilities and the second course introduces prevention of violence against women with disabilities.
- Australian Communication Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has compiled a list of telecommunication provider offers for targeted groups to help stay connected if you are struggling with the cost of your internet or mobile service. For further information contact ACCAN:
Phone: 02 9288 4000
- Big Dreamers Personal Development Program runs for six months with 15 inspiring Young Carers aged 14 to 18. The aim of the program is to empower, develop resilience and provide the opportunity for building new skills and finding hidden talents. Apply for the Program and for more information
Phone: 18OO 717 515
- Disability Support Pension information was recently broadcast on SBS radio This segment promotes eligibility for Disability Support Pension, the pre-claim guide, Program of Support and how to claim. The audio files (2-3 minutes) are available on Services Australia’s SoundCloud account and will be available on the website shortly. *Transcripts are not available on SoundCloud. Languages offered include:
- The new National Disability Strategy is being developed by Commonwealth, State, Territory and local governments across Australia who are working together in consultation with people with disability. The strategy is to take effect later in 2021.
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 friendly ASSIST team.
Or contact us with the National Relay Service and ask to connect with our Access and Inclusion Planner.
City of Port Phillip programs and services
Access and Inclusion Plan 2019-21
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.
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.
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 Independent Living.
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):