An image of a portion of a world globe showing a map of Australia in Pink

As Dorothea McKellar wrote in her poem titled "My Country" Australia is a land of diversity, from the jewel tones of the Great Barrier Reef, to the wide brown vastness of the Australian Outback, IDEAS has compiled some information on accessibility at five of our most iconic features.

Helicopter with a bucket attached flyer over hills that are on fire

It’s that time of year again and with the relentless drought that Australia is in at the moment, we should all take some time to make some changes to ensure that our homes, pets, and selves are safe during the high fire danger season. People with disability and older Australians need to take particular care to prepare and plan for the worst-case scenario, as there can be added levels of difficulty for these groups to evacuate safely.

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October is Mental Health Month in NSW, Victoria and the ACT. Mental Health Month is an opportunity to raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing. Thursday, October 10 is World Mental Health Day. The link between mental health and disability is clear and goes both ways. 

Young boy in wheelchair holding an ice-cream. Beside him is a woman holding an ice-cream. In the background are beach huts.

As parents, we all want our children to be the best possible person they can be. Part of their learning journey is about providing them with new experiences, places and different perspectives. Travel can be a daunting thought when we may not have stepped out of our comfort zone and travelled with our children.

Image of analog clock face with hands approaching the stroke of 12.

At the third stroke of midnight on September 29, Australia’s talking clock ceased to tell the time. Telstra has deactivated the Talking Clock service, which had been in continual operation for 66 years. 

Blue sky with white clouds, a parking sign

If you have an NSW Disability Parking Permit you can park in time-limited parking areas for longer periods of time. To take advantage of these special parking conditions always make sure that your Disability Parking Permit is displayed correctly in the car on the left-hand side (passenger side) of the car.  Please see below for a guide. 

Image of a sensory room with tactile chair and hanging objects

"Sensory room" is a broad term for a therapeutic space that combines a range of stimuli to help individuals to develop and engage their senses. They are designed to be a safe environment that allows the person using it to explore and connect without danger. 

Image of placcard with picture of Greta Thunberg's face, words "Greta for President" and image of the world with words "there is no Planet B"

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg made headlines across the globe with an impassioned and emboldened speech attacking world leaders at the opening of the United Nations Climate Action Summit at the UN Headquarters in New York City this week.

Sum shining through trees with a disabled parking sign

The Mobility Parking Scheme provides special parking conditions to eligible people with a disability. One of the key features of the Scheme is the Australian Disability Parking Permit, which will initially replace over 100 different types of permits across Australia. This will make travelling interstate with a Disability Parking Permit much easier. This information is relevant for NSW.

Image of Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre exterior

The Australian Government Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability began proceedings this week in Brisbane.