WA pushes for more people with disabilities in local government

Western Australia is calling for help and ideas from state councils to encourage more people with disabilities to stand in local elections.

Don Punch, Minister for Persons with Disabilities

The state government invited councilors living with disabilities to participate in a roundtable in November to share ideas on how to increase diversity in local government and attract and retain people with disabilities.

The roundtable will take place on November 2 and will focus on issues such as the barriers that exist for people with disabilities and how to overcome them, and how to encourage people with disabilities to run for municipal elections.

Better Representation

Local Government Minister John Cay said more than 4.5 per cent of the state’s population live with a disability and it is essential that councils represent the people they serve.

“We know people with disabilities are not adequately represented on our boards,” he said.

“This roundtable will kick off the discussion on how we increase participation and representation on WA boards”

Mr Carey says he has met with industry representatives and it is recognized that there are barriers for advisers who may be living with a disability, as well as for people living with a disability who may want to come to the advice.

Disability strategy

Disability Services Minister Don Punch said that as part of the state’s disability strategy, the government aims to increase the number of disabled people employed by local government to up to 5% at over the next three years.

“The strategy also aims to develop the leadership skills of people with disabilities, so that they can become influential ambassadors for their communities,” Mr Punch said.

“People with disabilities have a lot to offer in leadership roles and I look forward to seeing more people with disabilities on local councils in the future, where their valuable knowledge and lived experience will help shape their communities.”

The state’s supreme body for local government, WALGA, says state councils have policies and processes in place to promote and increase access and participation for people with disabilities in the community.

WALGA also has a partnership with a network of eight WA Disability Enterprises (WADE) to encourage the purchase of products and services in the areas of land management, cleaning, graphic design and equipment maintenance. ‘fire.

More than 20 local councils have commercial contracts with WADE.

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