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As part of sections 10 and 11 of the Act, the NSW Government must develop a four-year State Disability Inclusion Plan. The Act says the plan must guide how the whole government works towards inclusive communities for people with disability. It also must say how access to mainstream services and community facilities can be better.3
The NSW Disability Inclusion Plan (NSW DIP) was launched on 26 February 2015. The plan is our commitment to making sure people with disability have the same opportunities as everyone else. It identifies and breaks down the barriers that stop that from happening.
The plan aligns with the Australian National Disability Strategy and obligations under the UN Convention. The NSW DIP focuses on four action areas identified by people with disability, the NSW Government and the community. These action areas are:
New initiatives under the NSW DIP have included:
In June 2018, we asked the Sax Institute to review the NSW DIP after its first four-year period. This review was required under the Act. The Sax Institute partnered with the Centre for Disability Policy and Research at the University of Sydney.
We wanted to understand if the goals set out in the NSW DIP support people with disability by:
As part of the review, we looked at existing documents and heard from over 150 stakeholders. This included people from:
The review found that we are making progress in achieving the goals of the NSW DIP. However, there is still more to be done. We need to work better and more consistently across NSW Government agencies and local councils. Only then will we be able to achieve the goals. The review report and its key findings are available on the NSW Parliament website.
The current Act required NSW to have a State Disability Inclusion Plan. The following question is asking if this is still important and what needs to be included in the plan.
Are the provisions relating to the State Disability Inclusion Plan still correct and relevant?
Do you think a State plan is necessary, and if so, what do you think is most important to be included in the plan?
Section 12 of the Act is about Disability Inclusion Action Plans (DIAP). These plans make sure people with disability are included and can participate fully in the community.
Only government agencies that are ‘public authorities’ are required to develop DIAPs. More information on public authorities is available below.
The plans must be consistent with the NSW DIP. Public authorities must set out the steps they will take to make sure people with disability have access to:
Section 14 says people with disability must be consulted to make sure DIAPs focus on the right priorities.
A public authority is defined in section 7 of the Act as:
All NSW government departments were required to have their DIAPs in place by 1 December 2015, and all local councils were required to have their DIAPs in place by 1 June 2017. Other agencies not considered a government department are not required to develop a DIAP. These include:
Many agencies not required to develop a DIAP still participate in disability inclusion planning. This showed in the review of the NSW DIP by the Sax Institute.
Under section 13 public authorities must report to the Minister on the progress of their DIAPs each financial year. This is usually part of their annual report.
Section 13 requires the Minister to table a report about the progress of DIAPs in Parliament each financial year.
Like the NSW DIP, all DIAPs must be reviewed every four years. Section 14 further requires that, in reviewing its DIAPs, each public authority must have regard to guidelines issued by the Secretary.
Questions 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 relate to Disability Inclusion Action Plans which all government departments and local councils are required to have in place to document the work they are doing to promote the inclusion of people with disability.
The Sax Institute review reported on NSW Government agencies and local government DIAPs.
Should the Act cover more than just NSW Government agencies and local government, DIAPs? If so, what other groups do you think should be required to have a DIAP?
Are DIAPs effective in achieving greater community participation and inclusion for people with disability? If not, how do you think they could be made to better to ensure participation and inclusion of people with disability?
What improvements, if any, could be made to help agencies prepare their DIAPs? What are the steps you think they should be required to complete before drafting their plans?
Are the elements included in Disability Inclusion Action Plans still appropriate, or are there parts you think should be removed or added to make them more effective?
Are the reporting requirements for Disability Inclusion Action Plans enough? If not, how do you think they should report and who should they be reporting to?
09 Sep 2022
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.