People with a Disability

Our approach

Council is committed to creating a more inclusive community for all people who live, work and visit Georges River. This is evident through our commitment to ensuring that all people with a disability and diverse needs have every opportunity to fully participate and enjoy the social, business and community life of Georges River.

The statistics on people with disability and carers in Georges River Council Local Government Area (LGA):

  • In 2015, one in five Australians reported living with disability; that’s 18.3% of the population or 4.3 million people.
  • In 2016, 7,196 people (4.9%) of the population in the Georges River Council area reported needing help in their day to day lives due to disability.
  • 2.7 million Australians provided informal care in 2015 (11.6%). Of these, 856,000 were primary carers, who provided the most assistance to a person with disability.
  • As our population ages the number of people needing assistance in their day-to-day lives is likely to increase.
  • These increases show the need for services providers, Council and the wider community to assess and look at how we make Georges River more inclusive and accessible for all to enjoy.

Source: ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings—2015

Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Georges River Council has developed its Disability Inclusion Action Plan which outlines how Council will be more inclusive and accessible throughout the LGA.

The Plan was developed through community feedback. Actions Council is committed to undertake fall under the four key focus areas of:

  1. Developing positive attitudes and behaviours
  2. Creating liveable communities
  3. Supporting access to meaningful employment
  4. Improving access to services through better systems and processes

Community Development Programs

  • Council delivers events that celebrate the achievements of people with disability through hosting events such as International Day of People with Disability.
  • Partnering with other organisations in the area, we host a range of events and activities for the community. These events enhance inclusiveness, participation and interaction, and further raise awareness in the community. Some of these include partnership with local major shopping centres and the Department of Education for post-school options for students with disabilities.
  • We continually review our public spaces and work on making them more accessible for community members.
  • Council has a dedicated Disability Community Development Officer to work with people and groups on projects and events within the Georges River Council LGA.
  • An Access and Inclusion Reference group has been set up to activate actions from the Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

Access and Inclusion Reference Group

  • Council has listened to the community needs and has formed an Access and Inclusion Reference Group.
  • The group looks at the community needs and also the Disability Inclusion Action Plan commitments
  • The reference group meets four times a year. 
  • Further information is contained in the Access and Inclusion Reference Group Terms of Reference and if you wish to apply to joint this Reference Group please complete the Expression of Interest form.


For information about Council’s programs and services for people with a disability and carers please contact Council’s Disability Community Development Officer on 9330 9455.

Useful links:

NDIS: Provides a range of personalised support services to help people with a disability, their families and carers connect with their community and live a normal life.

Ability Links: Connecting people with disability, their families and carers in the community. Linkers work closely with people with disability, their families and carers to support them to fulfil their goals, hopes and dreams.

2017/18 Post School Information Booklet for Students with a Disability


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