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Hindmarsh Shire Council recognises that people with disabilities both residents and visitors contribute to and comprise a significant and important part of the community.

Hindmarsh Shire is committed to compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

Hindmarsh Shire aims to ensure that its service, facilities, practices and planning strategies are inclusive of and accessible to all, including people with disabilities.

Hindmarsh Shire has a Disability Action Plan that is implemented across Council. The plan is a working document constantly under review.

If you have any Disability access issues / concerns or for further information, please contact Aged and Disability Services on 03 5391 4444.

Mobility Maps
Scooter users in Jeparit
Council has published Mobility Maps for the towns of Nhill, Rainbow, Jeparit and Dimboola. This has been put together to help people with a disability navigate their way around our Shire. They are available at Shire Offices, Doctor’s Surgerys, Hospitals and Post Offices.

The Maps show accessible pathways, toilets, Police, Hospital, Chemist, schools, public phones, parks and other points of interest. Funding for the project was provided by Municipal Association of Victoria and Department of Planning and Community Development - Council of the Ageing.

Council endeavors to make participation and inclusion in local community life a core component of its operations and service delivery. The new Mobility Maps have been designed to enhance community inclusion and participation for people with a disability.

If you have any questions about the Maps or would like to comment, please contact Council's Aged & Disability Services on 03 5391 4444.

Mobility Map Nhill

Mobility Map Dimboola

Mobility Map Jeparit

Mobility Map Rainbow
Disabled Persons Parking Scheme
The purpose of the statewide Disabled Persons' Parking Scheme is to provide people with significant ambulatory or intellectual disabilities with equality of opportunity to access facilities and services throughout the state. Permits issued under this scheme are also recognised in other states under reciprocal arrangements.
The following types of parking permits will be issued for use under the Disabled Persons' Parking Scheme (Category One or Two):

Code A: for a driver/passenger who has a disability;
Code B: for a passenger who has a disability;
Code C: for an organisation providing a transport service for people with disabilities (not applicable to Category Two);
Code D: for a temporary permit.

Category One A permit holder (driver/passenger) is entitled to park a vehicle in a bay reserved for disabled motorists only, for the specific time only, or may park a vehicle in any ordinary area or bay for twice the specified time (upon payment of an initial parking fee, if applicable).

Category Two A permit holder (driver/passenger) may park a vehicle in any ordinary area or bay for twice the specified time (upon payment of an initial fee, if applicable).


Category One
A person may hold only one disabled persons' parking permit and be eligible for it:

If a medical practitioner indicates that he/she has significant ambulatory disability such that he/she is required to use a complex walking aid that prevents access to a vehicle in a standard sized parking bay, or he/she cannot access a vehicle in a standard sized parking bay (Code A or B). * A complex walking aid is defined as an aid which has more than one contact point with the ground.


If a medical practitioner certifies that he/she has either an acute or chronic illness in which minimal walking may endanger his/her health acutely or in the long term (Code A or B).

A significant permanent ambulatory disability is a disability that is not likely to improve in the person's lifespan (Code A or B).
A significant long-term ambulatory disability is a disability that is not likely to improve within six months (Code D).


If a specialist medical practitioner or a clinical psychologist indicates that he/she is an extreme danger to himself/herself and others in a public place without continuous attendance by a caregiver (Code B).

Category Two
A person may only hold one disabled person's parking permit and be eligible for it:

If a medical practitioner indicates that he/she has a significant ambulatory disability or severe illness which does not affect his/her ability to walk distances but will require rest breaks when continuous walking is undertaken.

Codes A, B and D apply to both categories.

Application forms are available from Hindmarsh Shire Council. Permits will only be issued to permanent residents of a municipality. The first part of the application form must be completed by you or your agent. The rest of the application form should be completed by the Specialist Medical Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist for intellectual disabilities and the Medical Practitioner for all other disabilities, who must return both pages to the Shire Office. Your authority for the Medical Practitioner/Specialist Medical Practitioner/Clinical Psychologist to release medical information is to be signed and given to him/her. An organisation providing a transport service to the disabled is required to complete a separate application form.

If you require further information on this scheme please contact the Shire Office on 03 5391 4444.

Disabled Persons Parking Permit Form Individual

Disabled Persons Parking Permit Form Organisation
Companion Card
The Companion Card Program is a Victorian Government initiative designed to assist people with a permanent severe disability, who require the assistance of a companion, to participate in community leisure and recreational opportunities. Eligible Victorians who require a companion to assist them to attend venues and functions are issued with a Companion Card free of charge, which entitles their companion to free admission to most venues and functions when assisting the cardholder.
Hindmarsh Shire Council affiliated with the Companion Card Program in 2006. Further information on the Companion Card Program can be obtained by contacting the Companion Card Information Line (free call) on 1800 650 611 or (TTY) 1800 898 888 (for people who are deaf or have a hearing, speech or communication impairment). Alternatively you can visit the Companion Card website for further information as well as a complete list of Victorian affiliates.

Link to Companion Card website

Download Files
 Disability Policy & Action Plan 2008 - 2011
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