Victorians are encouraged to have their say and help shape the state’s next disability plan to achieve greater inclusion for people with disability right across the state.
Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today called on the community to get involved in shaping the plan at the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Festival on International Day of People with Disability.
The festival, held at Southbank, celebrates the achievements of people with disability and promotes physically active lifestyles for people of all abilities.
The next state disability plan will outline actions for the government to lead from 2021 to 2024, making the state more equal and accessible for the more than one million Victorians with disability.
A consultation paper is now available outlining six areas the government is seeking to strengthen in the next plan. These include framing the definition of disability and inclusion and how to support the interface between the NDIS and mainstream services.
Mr Donnellan also announced the start of a review of the Disability Act 2006, which Victorians are also encouraged to contribute to.
Consultation on both the state disability plan and the Disability Act Review will continue next year. The Andrews Labor Government has made a significant investment in initiatives to support the existing Absolutely everyone: State disability plan 2017–2020 and the next plan will build upon and strengthen that work.
Through the plan, Victoria has led the way in expanding disability advocacy, building 26 new Changing Places facilities, delivering 700 accessible bus stops and increasing economic opportunities for people with disability.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan
“International Day of People with Disability is an opportunity to recognise the achievements of people with disability – and to increase our focus on being more inclusive in Victoria.”
“We want our next state disability plan to help make Victoria a place for everyone and to create more opportunities for people with disability.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula
“It’s important that everyone has access to their sport of choice and events like the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Festival clearly demonstrate the benefits of this.”
Quote attributable to Victorian Disability Advisory Council Chair Brent Phillips
“It’s important that everyone has their say. I encourage Victorians to read about the ideas for the next plan and share what they think is going to make the biggest difference.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020