Executive summary

Curtin University believes in creating equitable and inclusive access for people with a disability to our facilities, services, events and academic programs on all our Western Australian campuses. Our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) affords us a valuable opportunity to signal our commitment to including people with a disability in our core business.

Our DAIP informs our students, staff and the public about the areas of access and inclusion of all our WA locations that can be improved, and our strategies to address them. It also recognises there are many ways to do this. Our strategies are designed to help us work solidly towards achieving our goal of inclusion and access for all.

Curtin is required by a 2004 amendment of the Disability Services Act 1993 (WA) to prepare and lodge a DAIP. The Disability Services Commission (DSC) is mandated to receive the plan and to require annual reporting in Curtin’s Annual report. Curtin is also required to report to the DSC each July on the progress of its plan. A full review of the DAIP must be undertaken every five years.

This plan replaces Curtin’s 2007–2011 DAIP. The strategies identified to achieve the prescribed DAIP outcomes have been developed following a comprehensive review and community consultation process, involving students, staff and visitors, conducted between April and September 2011.

The DAIP supports Curtin’s Strategic Plan 2009–2013 and the Teaching and Learning Enabling Plan 2009–2013, and will support subsequent strategic plans as they are developed. The intention of the DAIP is to ensure people with a disability can access education and services in a way that facilitates independence, opportunities and inclusion at Curtin. The six outcomes of the plan have been prescribed by the DSC. Curtin voluntarily added Outcome 7 to include employment of people with a disability at Curtin in its 2007–2011 DAIP, and this is continued in the current plan.

The DAIP is supported by an implementation plan, managed as Annual Activity Plans, which has had wide input from Curtin staff – particularly from the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Implementation Committee.