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Access and Inclusion in Bass Coast

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We are committed to promoting the rights of people with disability by fostering an accessible, welcoming and inclusive community, where people of all abilities can fully participate in and contribute to, all aspects of community life. To assist this commitment we provide the following information and resources.

For further information about accessibility in Bass Coast please contact our Access and Healthy Ageing Officer via the 'Connect with us' details at the bottom of the page.

Accessible Tourism in Bass Coast

Planning an accessible visit or holiday to Bass Coast


For more information about planning an accessible visit or holiday to Bass Coast visit Accessible Bass Coast.

Gippsland Accessible Tourism Plan 2019-2021 Summary

All Terrain Wheelchairs
Council provides access to beach and all-terrain wheelchairs so people with a disability can enjoy our beaches, oceans and trails. Please note the Wanderer (usually located in Cowes) is unavailable until further notice.

Designated Accessible Disabled Car Parks (rev Nov 2020)
Designated Accessible Disabled Toilets rev Nov 2020)
Changing Places are fully accessible public toilets with additional features and equipment to meet the needs of people with severe or profound disabilities.

Travellers Aid provides support, advice and assistance to the travelling public with special requirements or experiencing travel emergencies. Click on link or call 9654 2600 (head office) for more information.

Township mobility maps

Township mobility maps for Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Cowes

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

NDIS Support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.

The NDIS provides a flexible, whole-of-life approach to the support needed by people with a disability, to pursue their goals and aspirations and participate in daily life.

Latrobe Community Health Service is the NDIS Local Area Coordination Service (LAC) Partner for Gippsland, including Bass Coast shire.

For information regarding the NDIS please phone 1800 800 110 or visit the NDIS website.

Access resources for tradies, renovators, businesses, clubs and community organisations

Tradies and Renovators Guide to Good Access, Good Access is Good Business and Outdoor Dining Accessibility in Response to COVID-19

If you’re a renovator, builder or developer, here is some practical information on how access improvements to the built environment can meet the access needs of everyone - Tradies and Renovators Guide to Good Access

If you’d like to attract more customers by providing better access to your business, check out this guide for some easy tips - Good Access is Good Business

If you’re planning an outdoor dining space for your business, that’s accessible for all of your customers, have a look at the following information and checklists:

Carer Support Services

Where can I access carer support?

Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS) is one of the largest providers of aged, disability and carer services in Gippsland. They offer a range of activities or events for carers to access.

Carer Gateway provides information about services and support available for people who care for someone with a disability, a chronic illness, dementia, mental illness or who is frail aged.

Pathways for Carers - are you the carer of a person with a disability or mental illness or an elderly person in Rhyll or Wonthaggi? Come and connect with other carers and spend time outdoors for a gentle walk in nature.

Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee

What is the Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee?

The Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee (AIAC) is made up of community members and representatives from disability focused organisations across Bass Coast Shire. The AIAC advises Council on access and inclusion issues for people living with disability, and helps in developing solutions. Refer to the Terms of Reference for further information.

Disability Action Plan 2016-2020

Disability Action Plan 2016 - 2020

All public sector bodies are required to prepare a Disability Action Plan under section 38 of the Disability Act 2006.

The Disability Action Plan guides Council in our actions and planning to ensure we take into account the needs of, and issues, that affect people with disability in our community.

Advocacy Services for people with disability

Where can I find advocacy services?

Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc – Bass Coast Advocate. Contact administration@gdai.org.au

New Wave Gippsland – Bass Coast Self Advocacy. Contact newwaveteam@gmail.com

WHO/South Gippsland FOCUS Self Advocacy - Self-advocacy support group. Contact nancypat@bigpond.com