Disability - Shoalhaven City Council


Shoalhaven City Council actively supports people with disabilities and their carers. Following are some activities and initiatives occurring in the Shoalhaven:

  • International Day of People with a Disability is celebrated each year on 3rd December.
  • The Shoalhaven Disability Forum meets monthly and discuss issues of relevance to service providers, consumers and the community as well as facilitating a services expo in August each year.
  • Shoalhaven City Council has an Inclusion and Access Advisory Committee whose objective is to, inform, educate and advise Shoalhaven City Council, its staff and residents on accessibility and inclusion with the purpose of creating accessible and inclusive community infrastructure.  Membership is by application.

Inclusion & Access Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes

Further information can be obtained by contacting Community Development Officer on (02) 4429 3411.


Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021

Shoalhaven City Council's Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 demonstrates Council's commitment to building an inclusive community to ensure that people with disability enjoy the same right to live their lives as they choose, enjoying the same opportunities and benefits of living and working in the Shoalhaven as everyone else. The plan was developed in consultation with people with disability and their supporters and services.

The plan outlines the steps Council aims to take over the next 4 years to support and improve the inclusion of people with a disability as part of its core business and to remove barriers to access and participation.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021


Access to Community Facilities


The MLAK is a master key that fits into specially designed locks allowing 24 hour a day access to public toilets. Eligible people - those with a disability and a letter of authorisation from a doctor - can purchase a key that opens all accessible toilets, and Liberty Swings displaying the MLAK symbol.

For information about where to obtain keys or locks within your area, contact the Master Locksmiths Association of Australia (phone 1800 810 698).

Register of toilets with MLAK access in NSW


Beach Wheelchairs

Shoalhaven City Council has 10 beach wheelchairs available free of charge for beaches across the City.

The beach wheelchairs will provide and improve access to the beach for children and young people living with disability. The child and adult size all-terrain beach wheelchairs will ensure children, in particular aged 9-15 years, will have access to and are included in mainstream activities such as visiting the beach.

Learn more about Beach Wheelchairs


Liberty Swings

Liberty Swings are located at Harry Sawkins Park and Mollymook Oval.

The Liberty Swings are an Australian invention that enables people using wheelchairs to experience the fun and enjoyment of swinging.

These swings have become a popular activity with children and adults using both electric and manual chairs. Following the instructions carefully, it is safe and easy to use. The swings requires a carer to ensure that the chair is attached securely and can either be pushed by the carer or, depending on the dexterity of the user, can be manually operated.

You will need access to an MLAK key to open the gate. MLAK keys are located at Shoalhaven City Council reception Nowra, Nowra Tourist Information Centre, and Information/Kiosk shop at Mollymook Oval.



National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

NSW Fair Trading

Disability Support Guide

Ageing Disability and Home Care Department

Inclusive Sports Directory - Illawarra and South Coast

Illawarra Advocacy

Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre Inc

Human Rights Commission - Disability Rights

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