The Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management (DPFEM) is committed to contributing to an inclusive Tasmanian community. This includes removing  barriers for people with disability and leading by example to improve access to infrastructure, information and opportunities.

With the development and release of Accessible Island: Tasmania’s Disability Framework for Action 2018-2021, all agencies, including DPFEM have developed Disability Action Plans. DPFEM takes this responsibility seriously and values the process of authentic review of our existing approaches and the development of strategies for how we can improve. We have looked across our entire Department to identify how we can change to enhance access and opportunity across the six identified outcome areas.

The Disability Action Plan we have developed reflects our commitment to improve our approach, through the number of challenging actions we have identified and commenced work on. This includes improving the accessibility of our media messaging to ensure key video releases have captioning; upgrading our infrastructure; and building on our consultation processes to provide feedback and advice on strategies which impact those with disability.

We look forward to tracking our progress against this plan and continuing to identify new strategies for improvement.

Darren Hine
Department of Police Fire and Emergency Management