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Rural Access and Inclusion

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What is Rural Access?

Rural Access supports communities to develop ways of including people with a disability in local community life. Rural Access is part of the Disability Services Community Building Program, funded by the Department of Health & Human Services. Rural Access is a partnership between local communities and the Department of Health &  Human Services.  There are workers based in 25 local Councils and community organisations across regional and rural Victoria.

The program brings together the strengths, resources and creativity of individuals, communities and government to work in partnership to build long-term, sustainable change in local communities. The aspirations and opportunities that exist within each local community are the driving force of the programs

Rural Access objectives

  • To mobilise and support people with a disability to participate in the life of their local community.
  • To strengthen the community’s capacity to support people with a disability and their families.
  • To facilitate integrated local community planning and co-ordination which involves people with a disability and their families, disability service providers and community organisations.
  • To work with existing disability support providers to enhance their capacity to provide relevant and appropriate supports in the community.
  • To improve access to information about relevant services and community activities available to people with a disability in their communities.

Working with Rural Access

Rural Access invites people and organisations to work together to build inclusive communities by:

  • 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.
  • Improving community understanding about the needs and aspirations of people with a disability.
  • Developing easy ways for people to access the information they need about services, community activities and issues.

Focus areas can include:

  • Education and employment
  • Transport
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Accommodation and housing
  • Access to the built environment
  • Sport and recreation
  • Arts, culture and festivals
  • Advocacy
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Children and youth
  • Information and communication
  • Tourism
  • Civic participation and leadership

Over the past two decades, government policy has focused on supporting people with a disability to participate more in community life. However, despite a stronger presence in the community, the extent to which people with a disability are valued as active members of their community is varied. As the support provided to people with a disability continues to become more self-directed and flexible, local communities need to be supported to become more welcoming and inclusive.

How do I find out more?

In each regional Department of Health & Human Services office there are Community Building Project Officers who support and resource the Rural Access program in their region. These workers can assist you with enquiries and provide a detailed list of the Rural Access workers in each region.

Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders is an exciting, fun community education game which highlights and challenges the societal barriers that prevents inclusion of people with a disability. This game is excellent for team building and planning, staff training and human relations. This game is a useful tool for schools. See link for more information.

Recharge Scheme

The Recharge Scheme allows people who use scooters or electric wheelchairs to get out and about in their local community without the fear of being stranded by a flat battery.


  • Trailrider stored at Public Hall under stage
  • Portable folding ramp
  • Threshold ramp
  • Moorabool Accessible Eating Guide
  • Moorabool Mobility Map
  • Snakes & Ladders Inclusion training game (large fabric floor game 6mtr x 6mtr)


Local RuralAccess Worker:

Bev Watson - Moorabool Shire Council

Phone:        5366 7100

Mobile:        0438 554 386

Last Updated:

Monday, 10 July, 2017 - 23:34