Access and Inclusion

The City recognises that the more diverse and inclusive the community, the richer it will become and that most members of the community will face access and inclusion challenges at some time in their lives.

To ensure that all City of Bunbury residents can participate in and contribute to the community, the City of Bunbury Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2022  has been developed to help us achieve this.

Access and inclusion may present challenges for:

  • people with physical, sensory, psychiatric and intellectual disabilities 
  • people from diverse cultural backgrounds 
  • people of all ages, including infants and the elderly
  • residents and visitors.

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2022

Being leaders of the MARCIA movement, the City of Bunbury, alongside the community has created an updated  City of Bunbury Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2022 that incorporates measures that go above and beyond any normal statutory requirements.

This new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan aligns with the MARCIA principles and serves as a plan that will guide the City on its journey in becoming the Most Accessible Regional City in Australia by 2020.


The City of Bunbury’s aspiration to become the Most Accessible Regional City in Australia is, at its heart, a collaborative effort between the City of Bunbury and its Community.

This aspiration, called MARCIA for short, was developed by the then Community Access Committee in 2014. It was then adopted by the City of Bunbury Council later that year and was made Key Priority 1 in the City of Bunbury Community Strategic Plan 2030.

The main purpose of MARCIA is to create a culture in Bunbury of going above and beyond the minimum standards for accessibility and inclusion. This will involve constantly aiming for best practice and involving people with a disability at every step of its development.

To be successful, MARCIA requires a whole of community approach; this includes businesses, local government and the broader community.

In short, MARCIA aims to change the hearts and minds of the community about people with a disability so that accessibility and inclusion becomes second nature to the community and people with disability have the same opportunities as the broader community to participate in all aspects of community life.

Click here to learn more about MARCIA.

Tender Agents and Contractors

If you are an agent or contractor please click here to access the DAIP reporting template which forms part of the tender process.

Induction Video

In 2014, the City of Bunbury Council endorsed the MARCIA aspiration for Bunbury to become the Most Accessible Regional City In Australia (MARCIA). One of the aims of MARCIA is to not only promote access and inclusion throughout the community but also within the City of Bunbury.

For the MARCIA aspiration to be fully entrenched within the City of Bunbury, the concept around access and inclusion of people with a disability must be presented to staff right from the induction stage.

It must be presented in a way that is unique from the usual PowerPoint presentations so that the message of access and inclusion will be remembered and embraced by all staff.

In November 2015 the City pitched the idea of the MARCIA Induction Video as part of an application for a Lighthouse Project Grant with Disability. In January 2016 the City was a notified it was successful with its application.. The City of Bunbury then employed Lomax Media to create and produce a 6 minute MARCIA Induction Video about access and inclusion in the workplace to promote the DAIP Outcome 7 strategy ‘that people with disability have the same opportunities as other people to access employment, volunteering and work experience opportunities’.

The video was guided by the City of Bunbury’s Community Access Committee with one member playing a feature role in the video.

The video highlights the challenges people with disability face in the workplace and how they overcome these challenges and make valuable contributions to the workplace. The video also highlights the role everyone has in making people with a disability feel more welcome and accepted in the workplace.

We feel this video plays a key role in ensuring that staff are committed to growing a culture of access and inclusion throughout the organisation. It is also hoped that this video will be an ideal resource for other organisations that wish to promote a culture of access and inclusion.

Click here to see the video

ACROD parking in Bunbury

The City has developed a map depicting ACROD parking bays throughout the CBD. It can be viewed electronically here and is also available in hard-copy at the Visitor Centre on Carmody Place (the other side of the CBD bus station) and Administration Centre at 4 Stephen Street.

ACROD permit holders do not need to obtain a ticket when parking anywhere in the City of Bunbury and parking fees do not apply, as long as the ACROD permit is clearly displayed. Additionally, except for time specified ACROD bays, the permit holder can park in a parking bay, on-street or in a car park for twice as long as the time permitted on the parking sign. If however a time limit is shown on a parking sign in an ACROD bay, this is the applicable time limit for this bay.

To request a copy of the ACROD map to be sent out to you, please call 9792 7000 or email

Art in the City

Art Partners, in collaboration with the City of Bunbury, displays a range of solo exhibitions called Art in the City in the lobby of the City of Bunbury Administration Building.

The exhibitions feature work by “protégés” who are involved in the Art Partners mentorship program. The program matches people with a disability (protégés) with mentors and together they attend mainstream art classes and activities in Bunbury.

Not only are the exhibitions an ideal opportunity for the artists to exhibit their work in a central location, they are a great way for members of the public to acquaint themselves with the work of the individual artists in the program.

Art Partners was launched in 2011 as a six-month pilot project and has been going strong ever since. It has been extremely successful in providing exhibition opportunities in high profile locations, including the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (BRAG) and the YMCA HQ Gallery in Leederville. Works by protégés have also been included in group exhibitions at BRAG, the Stirling Street Arts Centre, Capel Flair 2012 and the Collingwood Gallery in Melbourne.

For more information on Art Partners, please contact Holly Wintle on 9792 7500 or email:

Disability Access and Inclusion Committee

For a truly inclusive and accessible community, all levels of government, community members and non-government agencies need to be involved in the process. The City of Bunbury Disability Access and Inclusion Committee plays a key role in the development, monitoring and review of the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.

The Committee is comprised of people with disability, the Executive Leadership Team, Elected Members and the Access and Inclusion Officer. They meet on a quarterly basis on the first Friday of every third month to discuss access issues within the City. Similar to other Council committees, membership of the Disability Access and Inclusion Committee is for a two year term.

Click here to learn more about Council Committee and to download the handbook.

How do I find out more?

Email the community development team

Call the community development team on 9792 7000

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