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PWD ACT launches new project to tackle access issues in Canberra

Canberra is a city of brilliant possibilities yet some Canberran’s have trouble accessing the most basic goods, services and spaces in our community. Access is a right under the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability and under legislation.

It’s especially an issue for Canberra whose proportion of people aged 65 years and older is ageing faster than the rest of Australia – 3.6% of the population compared to 2.9% of the population across Australia.

Access issues can take many forms but what they have in common is they present barriers to people taking part in jobs, recreation and community life.

PWDACT is commencing a new project which will consult with members of the ACT disability community and develop recommendations and proposals for continuing to improve disability access in the ACT.

Over coming months we will be consulting widely and then developing a report for Government, business and community organisations.

A focus will be on ensuring that our planning arrangements for disability access are fit for purpose given an ageing population. We are keen to hear about all forms of access through a cross disability lens including communications, information technology and physical access.

The work aligns to a number of priorities around inclusion in Canberra and the priority on access through #InvolveCBR

There will be a number of ways to feed back into this work and have your say

The manager for the project will be Craig Wallace. Craig is respected Canberra advocate who is a past President of People with Disabilities ACT and is the current President of the peak national cross disability People with Disability Australia.

Craig was also the founding Chair of the ACT Access and Planning Advisory Committee and has worked on many campaigns around access including Housing for Life.

He is also a member of the ACT Inclusion Council and was the winner of last years ACT Chief Ministers Inclusion Awards for Excellence in Inclusion.

You can find out more as the project progresses via PWDACT’s Facebook page or contact Craig directly via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.