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Minister’s foreword

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, the Honourable Gareth Ward MP

As the first Minister for Disability Services with a disability, I am especially pleased to introduce the Department of Communities and Justice’s (DCJ) Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) 2020-2024.

I am committed to working towards the goal that people with disability in NSW have the same opportunities to live as well as everyone else. And that people with disability have equal access and the means to participate in everyday activities in their community.

We must not only make it possible for people with disability to live a full life in their community, we must also enable them to be part of the decision-making process.

Too many people are denied economic and social wellbeing because of their disability. In the past, people with disability have been disproportionately represented in our justice system, corrective services, social housing, welfare and family support services. This is something I want to see changed.

The DIAP is a vital tool to identify key areas where change can happen. It is a commitment to the actions we will take to engage and support people with disability.

This DIAP gives DCJ a consistent approach to ensuring staff with disability are able to achieve their full potential, with equal access to opportunities for career development.

I am looking forward to following how the DIAP positively changes the way DCJ engages with the community and staff with disability.

The Hon. Gareth Ward MP
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services

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Last updated: 10 Nov 2020