Secretary’s foreword

I am pleased to present the Department of Education’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) for 2021–2025.

The Plan is our commitment to build on the actions that we have already taken to make Education an inclusive organisation for our students, staff and our community.

The department’s vision is for a highly skilled, vibrant and inclusive NSW where all students are achieving their potential and contributing as informed citizens to our society, where all staff are valued for their skills and contributions

This Plan creates a five-year roadmap to ensure our schools and workplaces are accessible and that our culture enables participation and growth for all.

It has been developed in genuine consultation with stakeholders to understand and recognise existing barriers as well as devise projects across the agency to remove those barriers. The projects provide solutions that are essential to people with a disability and useful for everyone.

I believe that each of us – no matter our level, position or function – has an active part to play in building a stronger more inclusive culture. And while we still have a way to go, together we’ll get there. To ensure that we do, divisions are required to regularly report on the progress of their projects to our Diversity and Inclusion Council and we will share our progress with you.

I will champion this DIAP and our department will actively implement it.

Georgina Harrisson
NSW Department of Education

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