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Australia's Disability Strategy

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Australia's Disability Strategy 2021-2031

Australia's Disability Strategy (the Strategy) builds on the outcomes designed by the first National Disability Strategy 2010-2020. The Strategy aims to help create an inclusive Australian society that guarantees people with disability can achieve their potential as equal community members. The purpose of the Strategy is to:

  • Provide national leadership towards greater inclusion of people with disability.
  • Guide activity across all areas of public policy to be inclusive and responsive to people with disability.
  • Drive mainstream services and systems to improve outcomes for people with disability.
  • Engage, inform, and involve the whole community in achieving a more inclusive society.

The Strategy includes seven core outcome areas. These outcome areas have several policy directives to help guide the government to meet that particular outcome. The areas are:

  • Employment and Financial Security
  • Inclusive Homes and Communities
  • Safety, Rights and Justice
  • Personal and Community Support
  • Education and Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Community Attitudes.

Targeted Action Plans

The Government have designed the Target Action Plans to apply a more intensive focus on issues to achieve specific outcomes for people with disability.

There are five Target Action Plans.

  • Employment - This Plan aims to increase the employment of people with disability and improve the transition for young people with disability from education to employment.
  • Community - The overall objective is to improve community attitudes towards people with disability; this includes through the workforce and leadership roles and community.
  • Early childhood - This Plan’s overall objective is to strengthen early identification, information, supports, and pathways that contribute to the development and well-being of children to help them thrive.
  • Safety-The overall objective is to strengthen system design and supports to enable people with disability to receive high quality and safe services.
  • Emergency management - The overall objective is to improve the outcomes of people with disability affected by national emergencies.

The government will update the Target Action Plans as deemed appropriate.

Advisory Council

Commission Gauntlett is the Chair of Australia’s Disability Strategy Advisory Council. The role of the Advisory Council is to advise the governments on the implementations of the Strategy. More specifically, the Advisory Council:

  • Advises on the Targeted Action Plans, Outcomes, Associated Plans and Strategy reporting.
  • Provides advice directly to the disability ministers.
  • Connects with state and territory disability advisory groups and the NDIS Independent Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council comprises of one Chair, six members and two special advisers. The membership of the Council reflects diverse views, with at least half the members of the Council being people with disability and including women; First Nations people; culturally and linguistically diverse people; young people and people with lived experience of rural and remote communities.