Services for people with a disability

Rural Access Program

The goal of Rural Access is to build a more inclusive community so that disability is no longer a barrier to participation in community life. The focus is on working in partnership with the community, service providers, people with disabilities, their carers and friends to increase the opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community life.

The Rural Access worker promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities, through such things as:

  • Improving community understanding about the needs and barriers of people with disabilities in their community.
  • Developing and implementing projects that respond to needs and priorities.
  • Ensuring that the needs of people with disabilities are included in community planning.
  • Developing easier ways for people to access information they need about services, community activities and issues.

The Rural Access program is a partnership between Indigo Shire Council, Towong Shire Council and Wodonga City Council.

The Rural Access Worker is located at the Shire Office in Yackandandah and can be contacted by telephoning 1300 365 003.

Indigo Disability Community Access and Advisory Committee (IDCAAC)

This Committee has been established to provide advice to Council on a range of issues relating to disability including access, equity, and community awareness. Further information can be obtained from the Rural Access Worker on 1300 365 003 or info@indigoshire.vic.gov.au.

To download a copy of the Indigo Shire Access and Inclusion Policy, click here.

Disabled Parking Scheme

Local Council's administer this scheme in Victoria. There are two categories for different levels of disability:

Category 1: Blue & White label - is entitled to park a vehicle in a bay reserved for disabled motorists only.

Category 2: Green & White label - may park a vehicle in an ordinary parking area for twice the specific time and is not entitled to park in the reserved bay for a disabled motorist.

To apply for a permit you will need to complete the application form prior to forwarding it to your doctor. You can download the application form here or you can contact Council. For further information or if you would like an application form posted out to you please call 1300 365 003.

Useful websites:

Vision Australia: www.visionaustralia.org.au

Deaf Access: www.deafinfolink.com.au

Disability Advocacy and Information Service: www.disability-advocacy.com.au

NICAN (information on sport, recreation, arts and tourism): www.nican.com.au

Association for Children with a Disability: http://www.acd.org.au

Last updated: 26 July 2013