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Rural Access

What is Rural Access?

Rural Access is an initiative which supports rural and regional communities to plan and develop strategies which will increase community membership and participation opportunities for people with a disability.

Rural Access has been established as a partnership between the Department of Human Services, Disability Services Branch, Local Government Authorities and community health services.

Rural Access workers have a responsibility to plan and develop initiatives across the full range of community infrastructure including education and training, transport, health, accommodation and housing, physical access planning, communication and information, sport, recreation and the arts.

How does Rural Access work?

Rural Access assists the community to include people with a disability and their parents and carers by:

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

Rural Access is funded by the Department of Human Services to provide full coverage of Rural and Regional Victoria. A Rural Access worker covers the Glenelg Shire Region. The Glenelg Shire’s Rural Access position is under the auspices of Glenelg Shire Council.

Contact Details

Sophie Kearney
Access & Inclusion Officer

Phone: (03) 5522 2563
Mobile: 0429 204 965
Fax: (03) 5522 2290
TTY: (03) 5522 2377

You can email Sophie at

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