A better Bayside for everyone. Coming soon…

We want Bayside to be a more inclusive and accessible place to live, work and visit. That’s why we’re forming a committee of people with lived experience of disability to advise Council on how we can improve access and inclusion and make Bayside better for everyone.

Having a lived experience of disability means you’re someone with a disability, or you care for or support a person with a disability in some way. Your experience, knowledge and advice can help Council improve the municipality for people who may also experience issues with access and inclusion.

Everyone benefits from improvements for people with a disability, especially older residents, young families with prams, and anyone with an injury – and that’s all of us at some stage of our lives.

Access generally refers to the built, natural and digital environments. Inclusion extends to participation in economic, social and community life and is generally a function of community attitude. Improving access and inclusion means removing barriers that may prevent someone from participating in an activity.

The first and main mission of the Committee is to provide advice on the development of the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025 (MPHWP) from the perspective of people with lived experience of disability.

Every council in Victoria is required to develop and implement a MPHWP to set the broad mission, goals and priorities to enable people living in the municipality to achieve maximum health and wellbeing.

At Bayside, disability actions are integrated into the MPHWP, recognising that people with a disability may have some disability-specific needs and will have the same general health and wellbeing needs as other members of the community.

It’s anticipated that the Committee will also consider and provide advice on other strategic and infrastructure issues that may impact people with lived experience of a disability.

We’ll be looking for a broad representation of people with lived experience of disability to take part in the Committee. That means members with different abilities, ages, gender, cultures, and geographic locations across our municipality, as well as a range of areas of interest/expertise.

Councillors Clarke Martin and Hanna El Mouallem will join the DAIAC as members, with one councillor acting as Chair. This ensures that Council can hear directly from people with a disability and strengthens relationships with the community.

The minutes of the DAIAC will be presented to Ordinary Meetings of Council and will be made publicly available.

The Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee will be a Committee of Council. This type of governance structure means the Committee will have a high level of influence and direct relationship with decision makers, including Councillors.

Councillors Clarke Martin and Hanna El Mouallem will join the DAIAC as members, with one councillor acting as Chair. This ensures that Council can hear directly from people with a disability and strengthens relationships with the community.

Advisory Committees are one of a number of ways of enabling public participation in decision making and enable members of the community to directly influence government decisions that affect their lives.

In line with the Local Government Act definition, Advisory Committees advise Council. They are not responsible for expenditure and cannot direct Council officers. Where Advisory Committee recommendations are beyond the delegated power of Council officers, recommended actions, along with the minutes of the meeting are submitted to Council for final decision.

The Terms of Reference provide a clear understanding of scope; objectives; code of conduct; levels of influence; and operational processes. You can read the Committee’s Terms of Reference here. The Committee will provide feedback on the Terms of Reference before they are finalised.

Due to the Committee’s governance structure, Terms of Reference had to be adopted by Council before the committee can be formed or recruitment of members can begin. Bayside’s new Council adopted the Committee’s Terms of Reference at its first meeting on 17 December 2020. On 18 December 2020, expressions of interest to join the committee opened until 31 January 2021.

The Terms of Reference have been developed through benchmarking and guidance from other Councils that have long-established and successful committees of this type; advice from Local Government Disability Planners Network; and requirements of the Local Government Act.

Committee members will feedback on the Terms of Reference prior to finalisation, and again after the first year of the Committee. This is to ensure that Committee members can influence the direction of the Committee and ensure the Terms of Reference remain relevant, comprehensive and incorporate the learnings from the Committee’s first year.

The Code of Conduct is a guide to appropriate behaviour of members to ensure a safe, respectful and inclusive meeting space. You can read the Code of Conduct here.

Committee members will be able to feedback on the Code of Conduct prior to its finalisation.

The DAIAC will be most effective in achieving change if all members are able to contribute equitably in sharing their perspectives and experiences. The key themes of the Code of Conduct are respect, honesty, confidentiality, communication and preparation. It will be a requirement for members to review, agree and sign a Code of Conduct contract.

Expressions of Interest to join the Committee were open from 18 December 2020 until 31 January 2020. Committee members will be selected by Council at its Ordinary Meeting on 16 March 2021.

Timeline

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    20 October 2020

    Council Resolution to form a Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DAIAC)

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    17 December 2020

    Committee Terms of Reference endorsed by Council at a Special Meeting

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    18 December 2020 – 31 January 2021

    Committee membership applications open

  • Timeline item 4 - active

    February 2021

    Applications reviewed

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    16 March 2021

    Committee members selected at Ordinary Meeting of Council