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Local Government Policy Manual

Statement: Local government acknowledges that providing tailored support services for community groups with specific needs is key to creating equitable, cohesive communities, and that reinstatement, maintenance and increases in funding for these activities from federal and state government is vital to councils providing on-going services.

3.4.1 Ageing

Local government recognises that there is an ageing population in South Australia that will require governments to allocate more resources to ensure better outcomes for our communities as they age. Notwithstanding the significant obligations of federal/state governments, councils should equitably contribute to meeting the needs of an ageing population.

3.4.2 Migrants

Local government acknowledges the contribution of migrants from both other parts of Australia and internationally to the diversity and prosperity of local communities. Councils should identify means of attracting, supporting and retaining migrants who positively contribute to South Australian society.

3.4.3 Youth

Local government acknowledges the important role that young people play in the social, economic and cultural progression of communities, and support their right to be informed, consulted and heard on all matters that affect them. Councils should continue to respect the contribution of young people and shall implement engagement processes that allow their views to be considered.

3.4.4 National Disability Insurance Scheme

Local government recognises that the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) represents a major shift in the way that disability services are delivered and is concerned that new provisions may not be adequate. Local government shall continue to lobby federal/state governments to ensure nobody ‘falls through the gaps’ as a result of these reforms.

3.4.5 Disability Inclusion Action Planning

Local government recognises the benefits of Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIP) and ensuring adequate provisions for those with a disability are put in place. Local government shall continue to lobby for adequate resources to carry out the new statutory services contained in the Disability Inclusion Act 2018.

3.4.6 Access and Inclusion

Local government recognises the imperative in insuring all individuals can access community services and facilities to tackle issues contributing to social exclusion. Councils shall continue to explore and implement strategies through planning and community functions that promote access and inclusion for all individuals.

3.4.7 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People

Local government acknowledges and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Peoples of Australia and respects their culture and practices. Councils, along with federal and state governments need to make an ongoing commitment to working together to provide services to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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