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

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

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.

DAIC meetings are held on the last Wednesday of every second month (bi-monthly) at the City of Bunbury administration office. DAIC is an official Committee of Bunbury City Council and has been established:

- To provide an oversight role in the development and implementation of the statutory requirements of the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP);

- To review progress of the organisation in the achievement of the objectives of the DAIP;

- To review the Statutory Reports required under the DAIP;

- To review the progress of the organisation in relation to progress against the objectives of the Community Strategic Plan as it relates to MARCIA;

- To review any reports provided by the Co-Design Access Panel (CoDAP).

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


Co-Design Access Panel (CoDAP)

The City’s Co-Design Access Panel (CoDAP) comprises of people with a lived experience of disability as well as industry professionals to assist the City with the design of its buildings, facilities and open spaces. The CoDAP will work together to ensure we are exceeding community expectations in relation to disability access and inclusion.

The role of a panel member is be to be available on an as needs basis to provide advice and insights on the design of buildings, facilities and open spaces from an accessibility and inclusivity perspective that may not necessarily be covered by the current Australian Standards. 

Building Inclusive Communities in WA (BICWA) project 2021

The City of Bunbury is excited to be part of the 2021 Building Inclusive Communities WA (BICWA) project presented by Inclusion Solutions. 

Clubs and community groups from Bunbury and surrounds are invited to participate in a range of workshops, webinars, online toolkits and mentoring over the course of the year.

Building Stronger, Connected Clubs (Workshop)

Are you looking to strengthen your membership numbers and increase volunteerism? This practical workshop shows clubs and groups how to utilise the theories of social inclusion to build a strong, connected club that is reflective of their surrounding community. This free workshop will be delivered on Monday 26 July 2021 from 6pm to 8pm at the City of Bunbury Function Room.


There are four webinars on offer for free on the dates below (one hour long), registrations are essential (recordings are available if you can’t make it on the evening):

Club Renovation Toolkit

The eight-week Club Renovation Toolkit is delivered online to support community groups, sporting and recreational clubs the skills to build and strengthen their groups, attract new members and promote social inclusion. The toolkit is delivered in two dates ranges; 5 August to 23 September and 14 October to 2 December. There is availability for up to two members from 10 clubs or community groups. To register your interest, contact the Community Partnerships team on (08) 9792 7000.


Inclusion Solutions will work with one community group or club one-on-one to identify their goals, build a strong supportive relationship and work together to achieve those goals. There will be an expression of interest for this mentoring opportunity, which will be available soon.

For more information about the BICWA project, contact Inclusion Solutions on (08) 9443 7226 or visit​

How do I find out more?

Email the community partnerships team

Call the community partnerships team on 9792 7000