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Disability Information

Disability Access and Inclusion

The Shire of Northam is committed to facilitating the inclusion of people with disabilities through developing and improving its access to services, facilities, programs and events. The whole community benefits from improved access and our commitment is to administer best practice principles through the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan to continually develop accessibility to a high standard.

View our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2018-2023 

What are your access and inclusion experiences in the Shire of Northam?

Council values your feedback as a community member or visitor, as your experiences in the use of Council facilities, attendance at functions and events are paramount to the ongoing improvement of services, buildings and facilities within our Shire.

Feedback of your positive experiences or areas requiring improvement are important to us. Simply complete the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Feedback Form and return it to PO Box 613, Northam 6401 or email [email protected]

How do I find accessible facilities in the Shire of Northam?

To find accessible business and community facilities in the Shire of Northam and across Western Australia, visit the You’re Welcome website

Access information can be found on accessible businesses such as accommodation and cafes and includes information on accessible parking and toilets state wide. The Shire encourages local businesses register their access details on the You're Welcome website.

You can also find information on services available locally by going to the Shire of Northam Service Provider Directory.

Support for people with disabilities

The Disability Services Commission is a government service which employs Local Area Coordinators to assist people with disabilities to plan, organise and access supports and services which enhance their participation in and contribution to their local community.

‘Count Me In’ is a long term government strategy of the WA Disability Services Commission to guide all Western Australians when responding to people with disability. Count Me In has a vision that ‘All people live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone’

For further information, visit the Disability Services Commission website.

Independent living support

Killara is an adult day care and respite centre proudly sponsored by the Shire of Northam and funded by the Home and Community Care Program (HACC) and the National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP). 

Killara provides flexible centre based day care, respite and social support services for aged and disabled (over the age of 18) people and their carers. Services are provided so these people may remain living in the community. View more information about Killara Adult Day Care Centre.

To find more information on other available services, products and referal pathways to maximise independence and quality of life, visit the Independent Living Centre WA website.

Rights for people with disabilities

The Australian Human Rights Commission leads the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 to stop disability discrimination. The act promotes equal rights and opportunity and access for people with disabilities.

To make a complaint about discrimination and breaches of human rights, visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

People With Disabilities (WA) Inc. represents and speaks for the rights and equal treatment of all Western Australians with a disability. For more information, visit the People With Disabilities website.