Disability information

Disability Action Week

Disability Action Week is held annually in September to raise awareness about how Queenslanders can play their part in creating an all-abilities Queensland.

The week acknowledges the important and varied contributions people living with a disability make to our state. The week also aims to empower people with disability, raise awareness of disability issues, and improve access and inclusion throughout the wider community.

Funding opportunity

Community groups, organisations and associations are invited to submit an application to access up to $4000 to help with events held as part of Disability Action Week 2019 (15 - 29 September).

Grant applications are NOW OPEN and close on May 31 2019.

Funding is for activities, projects and events that take place during the State wide celebration of Disability Action Week in September.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Services Unit on 4044 3095 or community_development@cairns.qld.gov.au to discuss their application prior to submission.

*It is advised to speak with a Council Community Services Officer before submitting your application so we can assist and check your eligibility before the closing date

Contact us to list your local community event on this calendar.

Access and Inclusion Action Plan

The Cairns Regional Council Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2021 is aimed at fostering an organisational and regional commitment to recognising the contributions and enhancing participation levels of people of all abilities in the Cairns community.

Ensuring equitable rights, access and inclusion has important benefits for the whole community – social, economic and legal. The plan is designed to support the Council’s efforts to:

  • enhance and facilitate equitable access to assets, all members of the community
  • foster a socially inclusive community that in which people are not discriminated against.

Download the .pdf version of the Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2021 ( PDF, 0.21 MB )

Download the Microsoft word version of the Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2021 ( DOC, 0.84 MB )

Accessible Cairns: Access for All Directory

Our Access for All Directory helps locals and visitors with a disability, as well as their family, friends, carers and support workers, to plan their trip to and access services around the Cairns region.

  • Would you like your business to be listed in the Access for All Directory? If so, contact Council's Access & Equity Officer by email disability@cairns.qld.gov.au.

Accessibility services and facilities

Visit the accessibility services and facilities page for information about:

  • Council's infirm service for wheelie bin collection
  • Reporting damaged footpaths or access issues
  • Disability parking and permits
  • MLAK national keying system for accessible amenities: MLAK is fitted at Lagoon amenities and Muddy's Playground on Cairns Esplanade
    Communication support at Council events and facilities
  • Mobifloat beach wheelchairs
  • Council's Mobility guide for motorised wheelchairs and mobility scooters
  • Recharge emergency break-down service for powered mobility devices
  • Legislation for Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs - Information for handlers and trainers.

Cyclone and emergency accessible information

Council has prepared cyclone information in different formats to ensure all sections of our community can plan, pack and listen.

People with hearing or vision impairments or complex communication needs can use our accessible and multi-lingual cyclone and emergency information resources.


Accesshub is the central place to go online to find out about all the communication options available to people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment. Accesshub provides the information needed to use and access the National Relay Service.

For more information

Last updated: 02 November 2020