Disability Action Plan 2013–18

Objective 1. The University incorporates the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities in all policies and planning.

Strategy

Outcome

Key responsibilities

Target date

1.1 The Disability Action Plan is effectively implemented

Formal endorsement of the Disability Action Plan 2013–18 by the University.

Senate

May 2013

Implementation of the Disability Action Plan and compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth), Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) and Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) as amended or replaced, and any other relevant laws. Compliance will be reported quarterly in the Senate Safety and Risk Management Committee report.

Director Human Resources

June 2013

Effective strategic and operational management structures established including: a sub-committee of the Senior Executive Group, with provision for the appointment of an elected student and staff representative; University Consultative Committee (reports to Senior Executive Group Sub-Committee); local (faculty/business unit) disability/equity committees (report to faculty and divisional boards and a Senior Executive Group Sub-Committee).

Chair of Senior Executive Group Sub-Committee and Disability Action Plan Consultative Committee and
chair of faculty/ administrative unit, disability/equity committee (dean of faculty/director of business unit)

April–June 2013

 

 

 

 

Review and improvement of transparent reporting and consultative procedures.

Senior Executive Group, Director, Human Resources and Director, Student Support Services

June 2013

Clear and effective communication strategy developed to progress and promote the work of the Disability Action Plan.

Director, Marketing and Communications

April 2013 and monthly reviews

The University’s strategic and operational plans clearly articulate its commitment to access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

Senate and Senior Executive Group

June 2013

1.2 Monitoring, evaluation and review of the Disability Action Plan is ongoing, effective, has clear implementation timelines and reporting and feedback mechanisms

Quarterly reports provided to the Senior Executive Group on implementation progress and outstanding issues for resolution.

Senior Executive Group Sub-Committee

 

May 2013 and monthly reports
November
2013 and annually thereafter

Annual survey of staff and students to monitor and evaluate the success of the Disability Action Plan, including measures of the culture of inclusivity within the University. The surveys are also the capture point for statistical information on staff and students with disabilities.

Senior Executive Group Sub-Committee

March 2014 and annually thereafter

Development of strategic audit program to review, evaluate, plan and prioritise access to the physical, digital, service and cultural environments of the University.

Senate and Senior Executive Group

September 2013

1.3 Disability Action Plan implementation process is transparent and accessible for students and staff

Establishment of a ‘one stop shop’ on each campus as a point of information, advice and referral for all students, including those with disabilities.

Director, Student Support Services, Director, Human Resources and Director, Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit

July 2014

Objective 2. The University of Sydney is a tertiary education provider of choice for all students.

Strategy

Outcomes

Key responsibilities

Target date

2.1 Encourage students with disabilities to choose the University of Sydney as a Tertiary Education and Research Provider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Action plans developed at all divisional/faculty/unit specific levels, which include all aspects of student, staff and visitor needs.

Deans, directors and heads of schools.

 

December 2013

 

 

Collaboration and partnerships established with faculties to develop a continuous quality improvement approach to inclusive and effective teaching, research and assessment practice.

Deans, heads of schools, associate deans learning and teaching, Academic Board and Manager, Disability Services

December 2013 and review bi-annually

Continue to review and implement systems within faculties for students with disabilities, which increase opportunities for support and consultation.

Deans, heads of schools, associate deans learning and teaching, Academic Board and Manager, Disability Services

October 2013 and reviewed bi-annually

Review and improve accessibility of the enrolment process for students with disabilities.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

July 2013 and review bi-annually

Student outreach program established to encourage and attract students with disabilities to study at the University of Sydney.

Manager, Disability Services, Director, Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit, Director, Student Recruitment Unit, Senior Executive Group and Academic Board

November 2013 and annual review

Research and address barriers to participation for higher degree research students with disabilities.

Senior Executive Group, directors and Academic Board

December 2013 and reviewed bi-annually

Develop knowledge and data on students with disabilities (including future, undergraduate, postgraduate, higher degree course work/research students) to enable better planning and delivery of services.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management), Senior Executive Group, directors and Academic Board

July 2013 and reviewed bi-annually

Development of the support for students with disabilities transitioning from University to employment.

Manager, Disability Services and Manager, Careers Centre

July 2014 and annual review

2.2 Provide an innovative, creative, flexible and open learning environment that maximises access, participation and success for all students.

All teaching staff provided with disability awareness training to ensure they have disability confidence in the teaching and learning environment.

Director, Human Resources, Director Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) through Disability Services

10 percent by October 2013; 50 percent by October 2015; 95 percent by October 2017

Teaching staff are aware of the resources available to support students with disabilities. Improve access to training of innovative, creative, flexible and open learning tools and other support mechanisms. Establish a point of contact for staff to gain advice and resources.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Director, Human Resources and deans

December 2013 and annual review

Flexibility and inclusiveness of the individual needs of students with disabilities competently managed by staff.

Academic Board

July 2013 and bi-annual review

2.3 Provide equitable support services that are available to all students who need assistance.

 

Increase available resources and expand Disability Services at central and local levels to provide services to all students with disabilities.

Senior Executive Group

December 2013 and annual review

Further the development and resourcing of the role of Student Disability Liaison Officers.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Director, Human Resources, Manager of Disability Services, deans and heads of schools, Learning and Teaching Committee

August 2013 and annual review

Objective 3. The University is an employer of choice for people with disabilities.

Strategy

Outcome

Key Responsibilities

Target Date

3.1 Develop a Disability Employment Strategy to encourage potential employees with disabilities to choose the University as an employer.

Implement a recruitment strategy which incorporates people with disabilities.

Director, Human Resources and Director of Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit

April 2013 and quarterly review

Recruitment and hiring processes reflect a commitment to employing people with disabilities.

Director, Human Resources and Director of Staff and Student Equal Opportunity

April 2013 and quarterly review

Human Resources teams trained to give relevant disability-related information to applicants about University policies, facilities, or services.

Director, Human Resources

July 2013 and quarterly review

3.2 Provide a supportive working environment that maximises awareness of disability issues among staff, along with access and participation

Development of a range of tools including training, fact sheets and guidelines and learning resources for staff around supporting staff with disabilities. It will include the implementation of compulsory disability awareness training for all staff.

Director, Human Resources, Director, Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

July 2013 and quarterly review

Promotion of the roles of the Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit, Human Resources and the Employee Assistance Program to increase the knowledge of the available services to staff. All staff provided with the appropriate resources to maintain a supportive working environment.

Director, Human Resources and Director, Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit, deans and directors

August 2013 and quarterly review

Opportunities developed for staff to learn and appreciate the lived experience of disability and the associated complexities.

Director, Human Resources and Director, Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit

December 2013 and annual review

3.3 Provide equitable support services that are available to all staff who need support

Research and implementation of programs which successfully support staff with disabilities in the workplace. Sufficient information will be developed to effectively identify staff needs and develop and maintain a database.

Director, Human Resources and Director, Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit

 

July 2013 and annual review

 

Development of an Accessible Employee Network to support and encourage the career development of staff with disabilities in the workplace.

Director, Human Resources and Director, Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit

 

August 2013

Objective 4. The University’s communication and digital environment is accessible to people with disabilities.

Strategy

Outcome

Key responsibilities

Target date

4.1 The University will be a leading provider of accessible information and technology services.

The University will undertake a digital access audit and develop a digital access plan and priority action list.

 

Chief Information Officer, Director, Marketing and Communications, Director, Library Services, eLearning and webmasters

December 2013

 

 

 

All University websites, web content and web applications conform to current best practice and standards*.

Chief Information Officer, Director, Marketing and Communications, Director, Library Services, eLearning and webmasters

December 2014 and quarterly review

 

Appropriate accessible information and technology training provided for all content providers and technical contributors to web services.

Chief Information Officer, Director, Marketing and Communications, Director Library Services, eLearning and webmasters

December 2013 and quarterly review

 

Web accessibility requirements embedded in web development and procurement processes. Web authoring software that provides compliant output will be selected.

Chief Information Officer, Director, Marketing and Communications, Director Library Services, eLearning and webmasters

July 2013 and quarterly review

 

Increase availability of assistive technology beyond current locations. Students with disabilities will have easy access to assistive technology in teaching, student lab spaces and at home.

Chief Information Officer, Director, Campus Infrastructure Services and deputy vice-chancellors

December 2013 and annual review

4.2 Positive and enabling language is established and embedded within the University policy, procedures and documents

Development and implementation of best practice guidelines for all electronic, printed and other materials and resources. Case studies developed to monitor progress. Promotional material for the University will include photos of people from diverse backgrounds, including people with disabilities. Develop best practice guidelines for taking photos of people with disabilities.

Director, Human Resources, Director, Marketing and Communications and Disability Action Plan Consultative Committee

December 2013

 

Development and implementation of best practice guidelines for positive language and appropriate interfaces and inclusion of staff and students with disabilities.

Director, Human Resources, Director, Marketing and Communications and Disability Action Plan Consultative Committee

August 2013

 

Objective 5. The University provides an accessible built environment to everyone.

Strategy

 Outcome

Key responsibilities

Target date

5.1 Adopt and progressively implement the Accessible Environment Plan

Provision of accessible paths of travel and equitable services and facilities.

Disability Action Plan Consultative Committee, Director, Campus Infrastructure and Services and faculty/unit managers

2012 to 2020

 

 

Provision of accessible public transport to University campus areas.

Vice-Chancellor, Disability Action Plan Consultative Committee, Director, Campus Infrastructure and Services, Director, Human Resources and
local council and state government

2015

5.2 Provide accessible paths of travel, parking, teaching and support areas

Implement construction of all Accessible Environments Plan Priority 1 identified works within 10 years.

 

Disability Action Plan Consultative Committee, Director Campus Infrastructure and Services and faculty managers

2013 – 15 percent
2014 – 30 percent
2015 – 45 percent
2016 – 60 percent
2017 – 75 percent
2018 – 90 percent

Tactile, Braille signage and numbers to all rooms installed.

Disability Action Plan Consultative Committee, Director, Campus Infrastructure and Services and faculty managers.

2013 – 15 percent
2014 – 30 percent
2015 – 45 percent
2016 – 60 percent
2017 – 75 percent
2018 – 90 percent

All new construction works including refurbishments comply with current best practice standards*.

Disability Action Plan Consultative Committee, Director Campus Infrastructure Services & faculty managers

100 percent compliance

Monitor annually

* for a detailed explanation of current best practice please refer to the definition of ‘best practice’ and ‘standards’ in the key terms listed in the Appendix.

Objective 6. The University provides leadership to the community in developing an inclusive Australian society.

Strategy

Outcome

Key Responsibilities

Target Date

6.1 The University becomes a leader in disability

The University actively contributes to government and community initiatives relevant to people with disabilities.

Senate, Senior Executive Group, Director, Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit, Director, Marketing and Communications, deans and heads of schools

April 2013 and annual review

Increase profiling and promotion of the University's initiatives in research in disability and health. Increase opportunities for partnerships.

Senate, Senior Executive Group, Director, Marketing and Communications, deans and heads of schools

April 2013 and annual review

Develop a procurement process, which ensures the University engages organisations that actively and ambitiously support people with disabilities.

Chief Procurement Officer, directors, deans and heads of schools

December 2013

6.2 Develop a program of events to recognise and celebrate disability

University event programs will include and empower people with disabilities to raise awareness and foster an inclusive campus. Accessible event checklist developed and made available online for all staff and students.

Senior Executive Group, Manager, Disability Services, Director, Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit, Director, Marketing and Communications

July 2013

6.3 Develop an accessible faculty award

The Accessible Faculty Award is established which will provide incentive for faculties within the University to develop best practice inclusive learning and teaching environments.

Manager, Disability Services, Director, Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit, Director, Institute for Teaching and Learning and Director, Marketing and Communications

December 2013 and annual review

Summary of total costs

Objective Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Objective 1. The University incorporates the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities in all policies and planning. $884,000 $900,000 $927,000 $954,000 $983,000 $1.012M
Objective 2. The University of Sydney is a tertiary education provider of choice for all students. $277,000 $243,000 $287,000 $294,000 $343,000 $336,000
Objective 3. The University is an employer of choice for people with disabilities. $134,000 $138,000 $142,000 $146,000 $150,000 $155,000
Objective 4. The University’s communication and digital environment is accessible people with disabilities. $174,000 $54,000 $54,000 $54,000 $54,000 $54,000
Objective 5. The University provides an accessible built environment to everyone. $1.268M $4.129M $4.131M $4.133M $4.135M $4.137M
Objective 6. The University provides leadership to the community in developing an inclusive Australian society. $230,000 $270,000 $292,000 $316,000 $343,000 $372,000
Grand total $2.966M $5.734M $5.833M $5.897M $6.008M $6.066M