People with disabilities

Man with guide dog on lead walking into Rutherford Library


We want to help make Maitland inclusive, accessible and welcoming for everyone in our community.

Our Community team aim to improve opportunities for people with a disability in Maitland by focusing on four key areas:

  • Developing positive community attitudes and behaviours
  • Creating liveable communities
  • Supporting access to meaningful employment
  • Improving access to mainstream services through better systems and processes.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan

The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2023-2026 sets forward Council’s commitment to improve access to services, facilities and employment opportunities, create more liveable places and inclusive communities, recognise the rights and contributions of people with disability, and champion diversity in our community.

It was prepared in line with the NSW Disability Inclusion Action Planning Guidelines and outlines how Council will contribute to making Maitland a more inclusive and accessible city for everyone.

The plan was adopted on 28 November 2023 however is a living document and your feedback and ideas about how to make our community more accessible and inclusive are welcome via email at  

View the Plan

Accessible playgrounds

Maitland has two accessible playgrounds:

Including You event tents

Council are hoping to introduce Including You event tents at our flagships events in 2023.

The tents will be a sanctuary for people who become overwhelmed by noise, smells, crowds, and other types of sensory input. Inside the tents will be tools such as fidget toys, earplugs, communication cards and weighted blankets.

For more information and to give your say, you can contact the Community team at 02 49349700 or

Disability car parking

There’s a number of Disability Parking spaces available across Maitland.

Connect with Council's Community team

If you have an initiative or enquiry regarding disability and inclusion, please contact our Community Planner - Ageing and Disability via email at