RuralAccess 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.

RuralAccess plays an important role in our shire by working with communities to include people with a disability, their families and carers in community life.


RuralAccess Works By:

  • Improving community understanding about the needs and aspirations of people with a disability
  • Helping people and organisations work together more effectively
  • Developing and implementing projects that respond to community priorities
  • Consulting with people with disabilities, families and carers to ensure that the needs of people with a disability are included in current and future community planning
  • Developing easy ways for people to access the information they need about services, community activities and consultation opportunities
  • Supporting service providers to assist people with a disability to live the life they choose


Related Information and Groups

Wellington Low Cost / No Cost Activities Guide Second Edition

Second Edition Wellington Low Cost / No Cost Activities Guide is now available.

There are many things in Wellington Shire that everybody can do. This booklet can help you plan fun activities that don’t cost a lot of money. Take a look! You will never be bored or have to spend a lot of money again.

 Wellington Low Cost / No Cost Activities Guide (1MB)


Mobility Maps

Our Easy Access Mobility Maps provide relevant information for people with limited mobility to enable safe and accessible paths of travel and effective travel planning when visiting our region. The maps include the central business area, accessible facilities and, where appropriate, tourist attractions, for 6 of Wellington's major towns: Sale (1MB), Maffra (601KB), Heyfield (611KB), Rosedale (564KB)Yarram (655KB) and Stratford (548KB).


Talking Transport

The Talking Transport In Wellington resources were produced to ensure public and private transport services in our shire are more accessible for all people, especially people with complex communication needs. Resources include pictorial taxi communication boards and bus timetables. See our Transport page for more information.


Business Accessibility

The Good Access IS Good Business (6MB) guide explains how businesses can attract more customers by providing better access to a business. Focusing on four ways to improve access:

  1. Make it easy for people to find you
  2. Make it easy for people to get in
  3. Make it easy for people to get around
  4. Make the most of customer service


Wellington Shire Access and Inclusion Plan 2017 - 22

The Wellington Shire Access and Inclusion Plan 2017 - 22 (143KB) demonstrates Council’s commitment to providing a leadership role on access and inclusion, and outlines the ways access and inclusion principles currently form part of Council’s approach to business. This is in alignment with state and national legislation and includes the imperatives to continue to develop actions that address the inequities and disadvantage that are demonstrated by national levels of inquiry.


Wellington Access and Inclusion Advisory Group (WAIAG)

The WAIAG provides strategic advice to Council on access and inclusion issues in our shire and has input into Access and Inclusion Policy and Planning.


Accessible Tourism in Gippsland

This Accessible Tourism in Gippsland website gives details of how more people can enjoy the opportunity to travel and experience all that is Gippsland tourism. Accessible tourism is about ensuring tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to all people regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities or age.

For further information and inspiration on Gippsland’s diverse range of accessible visitor experiences and accommodation options, take a look at the Accessible Gippsland - Inspiring Visitor Experiences (5MB) brochure.


Victorian State Disability Plan 2017 - 2020

The Victorian State Disability Plan has future directives to help people with a disability, their families and carers to be better supported to access and participate in the community. The plan focuses on improving accessibility to mainstream services such as health, housing, education and transport for people with a disability, their families and carers.


Recharge Points

A Recharge Point is a place where people can go to recharge their mobility scooter or motorised wheelchair when they are out in their community. People can be confident that they can recharge their battery when it is low and get home safely. 

People say they feel increased safety, social connection and that they no longer afraid they will be stranded by a flat battery. The Wellington Recharge Brochure (932KB) tells you where the Recharge points are Wellington Shire. The Recharge Scheme is a national scheme and you can find recharge points across Australia on the website


Employability Skills - All Eight Skills

The Employability Skills- All Eight skills video provides information and demonstrates the eight main skills that will assist you to find and successfully maintain employment. Young people benefit from having opportunities to learn about working, to develop the skills they need to succeed in employment and build self-efficacy and self-belief. Where this is done well there are benefits for the individual in increasing their employability, for employers in helping them recruit staff who have the skills that they need and for communities in reducing unemployment and supporting young people to make good choices about training and employment. Watch the video on the link below:

Employability Skills - All Eight Skills Video


The 'Tradies' and Renovators Guide to Good Access (Access for all made easy)

This booklet is for renovators, builders and developers. It provides practical information about how access improvements to the built environment can meet the varying access needs of people.

Design that incorporates good access provides an environment that is safer, easier to move around and live in.

Everyone benefits from good access – parents of young children in prams, people with temporary injuries, older people and people with disabilities.

'Tradies' and Renovators Guide to Good Access (2MB)



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