Disability and Inclusion

1. Our Commitment

The Shire of Carnarvon endeavours to ensure that the community is accessible to people with disabilities, their families and carers.

The Shire of Carnarvon interprets an accessible and inclusive community as one which all Council functions, facilities and services (both In-house and contracted) are open, available and accessible to people with disabilities, providing them with the same opportunities, rights and responsibilities as other people in the community.

2. Disability Access & Inclusion Plan

Local Governments are required to develop and implement a Disability Access & Inclusion Plan (DAIP) under the Western Australia Disability Services Act to ensure that people with disabilities are treated equally.

The Shire of Carnarvon’s DAIP has been developed to ensure that people with disabilities are recognised and treated equally regardless of their individual differences. The DAIP aims to strengthen community inclusion of those with disabilities by ensuring they have access to Council functions, facilities, services and are provided with the same opportunities and rights as others within the community. Under the Disability Service Act 1993 (amended 2004), Local Governments are required to review their DAIP at a minimum of five years.

Copies of the current DAIP (2016- 2021) can be obtained from reception at the Shire of Carnarvon Administration Office and can be made available in alternative formats on request. The current DAIP can also be downloaded below.

The Shire of Carnarvon recognises that people with disabilities are valued members of the community who make a variety of contributions to local social, economic and cultural life.

3. Companion Cards

Companion Cards are issued to people with significant and permanent disabilities who require support from another person whilst visiting venues and activities or functions. The Carnarvon Civic Centre and Carnarvon Aquatic Centre are participating venues which support the use of Companion Cards and upon purchasing a ticket/admission and presenting your Companion Card, will issue a second card for the accompanying companion at no extra charge. The Shire of Carnarvon is proud to support the WA Companion Card Program.
For further information relating to Companion Cards or to apply for a card, visit the website: www.wa.companioncard.org.au or for general enquires call the WA Companion Card Information Line on 1800 617 337.

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4. Disabled Toilets

Situated in the town centre to the side of the local Visitors Information Centre are public toilets including a disability access toilet which has been designed for ease of access. This facility has seamless transition between the path and entrance. Regular amenities are provided including a lowered hand wash basin and grab bars for comfort and safety.