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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.

Open Now! 2022 Building Disability Inclusive Businesses and Community Organisations Grant ($1,000 Accessibility funding)

$1,000 Accessibility Funding - How to Apply

Do you have an idea to make your business/community organisation more accessible?

Grants for up to $1000 are available from the 2022 Building Disability Inclusive Businesses and Community Organisations Grant round.

Before starting an application, you must contact our Access and Healthy Ageing Officer to discuss your initiative or project proposal on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or through the National Relay Service (if you are deaf and/or find it hard hearing or speaking with people who use a phone).

To apply for the grant - click on 'Apply for 2022 Building Disability Inclusive Businesses and Community Organisations Grant (up to $1,000 Accessibility funding)' in the blue box above.

More information on how to apply can be found in the Application Guidelines, and examples of projects that can be funded are contained in the Information Sheet. You can also download the Application Form for draft purposes if you wish, but the application itself should be submitted through SmartyGrants. If you need assistance accessing SmartyGrants please contact our Community Grants and Projects Officer or email grantenquiry@basscoast.vic.gov.au.

Access, Equity and Inclusion in Bass Coast 2021-2025 Plan (previously Disability Action Plan)

Our Access, Equity and Inclusion in Bass Coast Plan 2021-25 (AEI Plan) outlines the key actions Council will undertake over the next four years, in partnership with our community, to address the priority access and inclusion issues identified by community members with disability, their families and carers, and service providers in Bass Coast.

The goals of our AEI Plan have been interpreted into Easy English; simple, everyday language and images so everyone can read and understand what Council is planning to achieve over the next four years:

Access Equity and Inclusion in Bass Coast Plan 2021 2025 Easy English Summary of Goals Poster

Access Equity and Inclusion in Bass Coast Plan 2021 2025 Easy English Summary of Goals Brochure

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.

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, designated accessible parking, toilets and Changing Places

Township mobility maps, designated accessible parking, toilets and Changing Places

Changing Places are fully accessible public toilets with additional features and equipment to meet the needs of people with severe or profound disabilities.

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:

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.

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 free support services to any person who provides unpaid care to a family member, friend or neighbour with a mental illness, disability, chronic health issue or age related condition. The local community health provider of this service in Gippsland is Uniting Vic Tas.

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.

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