People with a disability in the community

The Victorian Government is committed to supporting people with a disability, their families and carers.

This section provides information on ways to increase the participation of people with a disability in the community.

Disability in Victoria

People with a disability make up 18.4 per cent of the Victorian population.

Disability Action Plans

A disability action plan or DAP is a document that organisations prepare and use to reduce and remove barriers to people with a disability.

Attitudes and awareness

We all have a role to play in reducing discrimination and challenging negative attitudes by how we portray people with a disability. Language and images are powerful; they help shape how we view ourselves and how others view us.

Communicate and consult

Communication is one of the most basic needs and rights of all people. It is based on respect. When conducting consultation and engaging with stakeholders it is important to actively include people with a disability.

Equitable employment

The benefits to business of hiring people with a disability are both economic and ethical. Research has consistently found that people with a disability make excellent employees.


Many people with a disability encounter barriers that prevent or make it more difficult for them to participate fully in community life. It is important to ensure that people with disabilities can access information, goods, services, facilities and events.

Inclusion and participation

Access to a rich and dynamic social and cultural life is essential for everyone.

Contact details

Office for Disability

General enquiries:
1300 880 043
Tel: (03) 9096 0574
TTY:(03) 9639 2417
Fax: (03) 9650 3812


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