Brisbane Access and Inclusion Plan 2012 - 2017 - Principles

Table of contents

1. Pedestrian mobility and transport

1.1 Walking, wheeling and driving safely around Brisbane

1.2 Catching public transport

2. Planning, development and infrastructure

2.1 Being actively engaged in planning an accessible city

2.2 Enjoying a well-designed built environment

2.3 Appreciating the benefits of civic infrastructure

3. Public buildings, venues and outdoor spaces

3.1 Public buildings that make you feel welcome

3.2 People friendly public spaces

3.3 Local meeting places where you can connect with your community

3.4 Parks and natural areas where you enjoy the great outdoors

4.Vibrant, informed and caring communities

4.1 Experiencing the support of inclusive, safe and diverse communities

4.2 Enjoying Brisbane's vibrant arts and culture scene

4.3 Staying active and healthy

4.4 Using libraries for lifelong learning

4.5 Adopting a more sustainable lifestyle

5. Your Council, working with you

5.1 Being an active citizen in an inclusive democracy

5.2 Having a say on the work we do that matters to you

5.3 Communicating and doing business with us

5.4 Understanding how local laws, rules and procedures relate to you

5.5 Keeping Brisbane clean, recycling waste and breathing clean air

5.6 Working in a disability confident organisation

5.7 Knowing your rates are paying for accessible services

The following principles underpin the Brisbane Access and Inclusion Plan.

They affirm the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Local Government Act 2009 and the City of Brisbane Act 2010.

  1. Abilities, not disabilities. Differences in physical, sensory, intellectual and mental abilities and wellbeing are the norm of human experience. It is only in their interaction with physical, environmental and attitudinal barriers that differences in abilities come to be perceived as disabilities.
  2. Fundamental rights for all. All members of the community have the right to participate in the economic, social, political and cultural life of the city.
  3. Genuine dialogue and participation. People who experience access barriers have the right to participate meaningfully in decision-making about current and future issues affecting the city, both as a community in their own right and as members of the public with broad issues and interests.
  4. Improving access and inclusion for all. Improvements to the accessibility and inclusiveness of the physical and social environment will benefit the whole community.
  5. Judicious utilisation of resources. Governments at all levels should utilise resources in a judicious and efficient manner that considers the needs of all residents and visitors and delivers maximum benefit to the greatest number of individuals.
  6. The benefits of working across sectors. Governments, organisations and communities need to work together in new and flexible ways to achieve positive outcomes for the whole community, especially for individuals who are typically excluded from public and professional life.
  7. Universal design. Universal design allows everyone, to the greatest extent possible and regardless of age or disability, to use buildings, transport, products and services without the need for specialised or adapted features.[2]

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Last updated:30 April 2019