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Event Access and Inclusion

Making events more accessible

Making major and community events more accessible for everyone is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to better service delivery.

The Government’s Event Access and Inclusion Project is looking at ways to better meet the needs and priorities of people with disability. It also recognises that access to venues and events may present challenges or barriers to participation for many sections of the community.

With Australia’s ageing population, many families with young children and one in five people with a disability, access is a mainstream issue. The project’s goal is to provide guidance in the development of accessible event overlay and infrastructure, as well as the delivery of quality accessible services such as transport, well-trained staff, and clear event communications and information.

The Government is encouraging major event stakeholders to work together to mobilise existing resources, share knowledge and best practice strategies, and identify major gaps in current practices.

The Government hosted forums in Sydney and Newcastle in July 2013 showcasing the benefits of fully accessible events to business leaders, key decision makers, event organisers and venue managers in the events and tourism sector.

The forums provided an opportunity to learn about future trends in accessible events and hear examples of best practice from Australia and overseas.

For more information contact the Event Access and Inclusion Project on
(02) 9228 5667 or at

Listen to international experts on future trends in accessibility

Chris Holmes MBE, former Director of Integration for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games
Read the transcript for Mr Holmes' video (DOC)

Minnie Baragwanath, Chief Executive of Be. Institute, New Zealand
Read the transcript for Ms Baragwanath's video (DOC)

Share your experiences

The NSW Government is seeking the views of people with disability, their family, carers and the general public about their event access experience.

This feedback will be used by the Event Access and Inclusion Project to better inform event access planning and delivery.

Share your event access thoughts and experience via Twitter ( @DontDIS #events4all ) or by joining the conversation on the Don’t DIS my ABILITY Facebook page.

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