Our purpose, priorities and vision

Our purpose

As defined in the Disability Inclusion Act 2014, the purpose of the Council is to provide the Minister for Disability Services with independent advice on matters that affect people with disability in NSW, as well as their families and carers.

The Council seeks for all people with disability to experience the full effects of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Council works so that people with disability can fully participate in the life of the community through:

  • being empowered and in control of their lives
  • having their physical, social, cultural and economic needs met
  • living safely, free of fear and discrimination
  • being included in all facets of society and having opportunities to participate as equals
  • being valued and respected.

Our priorities

The Council will use its lived experience, skills and commitments to focus on five pillars of activity in 2022-2024. These are:

  • Accessible Communities
  • Ensuring the voice of people with disability is heard
  • Employment
  • Justice and rights
  • Housing

Our vision

A socially just community in which Government policy and practice reflect the lives and experiences of people with disability as individuals, family members and participants with many roles in a broad range of diverse settings, remaining always mindful of the rights of people with disability,respecting their choices, celebrating their diversity and valuing their contributions.

Disability Council Plan 2022-2024:

Last updated:

26 Sep 2022

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We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future. 

Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.

You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.

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