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!

Later this month, and throughout August, we’ll be asking you how to make our city more inclusive and accessible. We encourage you to actively participate in helping to shape Council’s new Accessibility Action Plan. This will be the fourth disability action plan that Council will develop and implement to foster an inclusive and accessible Port Phillip. We want to ensure that Port Phillip is a place in which people with disability feel valued and have a positive sense of belonging. We look forward to hearing from you when this consultation opens on Thursday 29 July 2021.

In other news

  • Share your thoughts and help develop an even better City of Port Phillip. Review elements of the design, features and community use of St Kilda Marina and the Inkerman Safe Travel Corridor. For more information, go to our Have Your Say information page.
  • 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:
  • Email: shoubolt@artsaccess.com.au
  • Phone: 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:
    Email: disabilityteam@alfred.org.au
    Phone: 0428 950 038
  • Melbourne Disability Institute Community-Based Research Scheme is now open! Providing research support and evaluation for strength-based and innovative programs that are programs that are building the capacity of people with disability, their family or carers, to live engaged self-directed and fulfilling lives. Applications close Thursday, 12 August 2021. To learn more contact Campbell Message, Program Manager:
    Email: Campbell.message@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: 03 9035 7775
  • Stonnington Disability Forum - Film screening in partnership with Stonnington Disability and Access Committee. True Vision is compelling and authentic. Two women on the opposite side of diagnosis, True Vision is an exploration of dealing with unexpected obstacles, and the perceptions that go hand in hand with diagnosis and disability. This special event includes a screening of the film (28 minutes) and a panel discussion facilitated by the fabulous Carly Findlay OAM, disability advocate and Australian writer. We will hear filmmaker and mother Diana Fisk, Australian Paralympian Jessica Gallagher, who both feature in the film and members from Councils Stonnington Disability and Access Committee.
    Bookings can be made through Eventbrite - Stonnington Disability Forum.
    When: 2 to 4 pm, Saturday 31 July 2021
    Where: This event will be on-line, please register to receive a link for the event.
    For further information:
    Email: access@stonnington.vic.gov.au
    Phone: 03 8290 1333
  • 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 traveler 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.
  • The Brenda Gabe Leadership Award is a biennial award that recognises and rewards outstanding leadership by women with disability in Victoria. Nominations accepted for individuals or groups who have made a contribution which has either:
    • Directly benefited women with disability, or
    • Ensured a more inclusive community for women with disability
    For more information including eligibility, please visit Brenda Gabe Leadership Award or contact Phillipa Wray:
    Phone: 03 9286 7800

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
    Email: info@vdwc.vic.gov.au
  • 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 training.dvalert@lifeline.org.au.
  • Youth Sector Student Placement Coordinator for students undertaking Youth Work, Community Services and Community Development degrees and diplomas, to ensure they are able to do the 100 or 250 hours placement that they must undertake to complete their qualification. For more information please contact Lucia Suarez, YACVic
    Email: lsuarez@yacvic.org.au
    Phone: 03 9267 3700
  • Let's Talk about Sexuality! This study aims to explore the perspectives of people with developmental disability about the sexual health education they want and require, to support their sexuality. For more information, contact Dr Claire Lynch:
    Email: claire.lynch@acu.edu.au
    Phone: 03 9230 8238
  • AMAZE survey - Experiences of autistic people and their families in society in Australia’ is a survey that has been developed by autistic researchers and autistic people. The survey asks about how autistic people are coping in school, TAFE/University, at work, and in general community life. We’re also asking questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted you. For more information please contact Prof Sandra Jones:
    Email: Sandra.Jones@acu.edu.au
    Phone: 03 9953 3709
  • 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:
    Email: info@accan.org.au
    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:
    • Turkish
    • Serbian
    • Arabic
    • Mandarin
    • Cantonese
    • Persian
    • Dari
    • Vietnamese
    • Assyrian
    • Bosnian.
  • 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.
  • 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. The public consultation process to inform the development of the Employment Strategy has now closed.
  • Victorian Disability Plan 2021-25 consultations closed on 30 April 2021. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact Office for Disability:
    Email: ofd@dhhs.vic.gov.au
    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.
  • The next workshop series for young people aged 14 to 19 is running in September. Workshops will be held on 21, 22, 28 and 29 September 2021. Applications close at 5 pm on Tuesday 24 August 2021.
  • The next workshop series for young people aged 20 to 25 is running in November. Workshops will be held on 3, 10, 17 and 24 November 2021. Applications close at 5 pm on Tuesday 5 October 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 team in ASSIST online, on the Phone: 03 9209 6777 or 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.

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 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):