The Commonwealth Government is consulting with people with disability about the new national disability strategy which will replace the current one that ends in 2020. It’s all about creating a more inclusive society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens, and the Strategy will help to guide governments and other organisations to build the wellbeing of people with disability and their carers.
There has been a lot of change to disability policy and service delivery since the current Strategy started in 2011. A recent independent review has shown that many parts of the current strategy are working well and the Strategy’s overall principles and goals are valuable and important. However, the review also showed there are still areas for improvement, particularly on how the strategy is implemented.
The new strategy needs to reflect the changing policy environment and build on opportunities available today, as well as what may emerge over the next decade.
Throughout this year there will be a number of ways that people with disability and the broader community can have their say about modernising the disability policies and programs that affect their lives.
Workshops are being held in South Australia with one in Adelaide in 21 May and another in Berri on 23 May.
Sign up to attend one of these face-to-face community workshops by visiting the Department of Social Services Engage website (or type in https://engage.dss.gov.au/a-new-national-disability-strategy-for-beyond-2020/ and click the “register your interest” button).
There are also online surveys you may wish to respond to, which you can also find on the Engage website or type in https://engage.dss.gov.au/a-new-national-disability-strategy-for-beyond-2020/
Attached is a newsletter article that gives further information about the consultations.
More information is available on the Department of Social Services website or type in https://engage.dss.gov.au/a-new-national-disability-strategy-for-beyond-2020/fact-sheet/ where you’ll find an accessible fact sheet and other useful documents.
To receive updates on consultation activities pleasejoin the mailing list or type in https://engage.dss.gov.au/a-new-national-disability-strategy-for-beyond-2020/subscribe/
I’m sorry I don’t have details for possible Consultations in other states of Australia but recommend emailing them if you’re interested in getting involved at DHSDisablityTalk@sa.gov.au
Disability Engagement Group
Department of Human Services
Mail: PO Box 70, Rundle Mall, ADELAIDE SA 5000
More information about the Disability Engagement Group is on the Disability engagement and consultation web page (or type in www.dhs.sa.gov.au/agencies/disability-sa/disability-sa-consultation)