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Metro Access - Building Inclusive Communities

Metro Access emphasises the importance of strengthening communities so that they are more inclusive of people with a disability, their families and carers. The aim of the program is to build the capacity of local communities across metropolitan Victoria so that they are more welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities.

The MetroAccess Program supports community to include people with a disability and their families and carers by:  

  • improving community understanding about the needs and aspirations of people with a disability
  • developing and implementing responses to community priorities
  • ensuring that the needs of people with a disability are the focus of community planning
  • supporting service providers to assist people with a disability to live the sort of life they choose
  • developing simple ways for people to access the information they need about services, community activities and consultation opportunities.

The MetroAccess Program aligns with the Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) initiative, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.  The Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) program was identified as being in scope of the Information, linkages and Capacity building component of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is made up of two parts that work together to support people with a disability and their families and carers:

  • individual NDIS plans which provide reasonable and necessary supports for eligible people with disability
  • Information Linkages and Capacity building (ILC).

The ILC is about inclusion – supporting people with disability to have an ordinary life, so they can access the same services, opportunities and experiences as anyone else in the community. The ILC will support people without an NDIS plan and contribute to breaking down barriers to participation for all people with a disability.

For more information about this program contact Council