Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Opportunity to shape new Victorian disability plan
Ensuring people with a disability can participate in community life and preparing for a National Disability Insurance Scheme will be the focus of the new Victorian State Disability Plan 2013-2016, the Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge said today.
Announcing the release of the draft plan for community consultation, Ms Wooldridge said the new plan provides a framework for government and community action to improve supports and services for people with a disability.
The draft plan focuses on four key policy areas and outlines how the government proposes to:
develop a strong foundation for learning, jobs and health for people with a disability
protect the rights of people with a disability and promote their participation in the community
improve access to neighbourhoods, public spaces, buildings and transport for people with a disability
prepare Victoria to make a successful transition to a viable National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and reformed system of disability support.
“This is an exciting opportunity to improve the way we support people with a disability and to make sure Victoria continues to lead and drive the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme,” Ms Wooldridge said.
“I invite input from across the Victorian community, particularly people with a disability, their families and carers, advocacy groups, funded community organisations, and local government.
“We have already received great insight into the NDIS and the National Disability Strategy from people with a disability, their families and carers. I look forward to their further contribution to help us finalise the state plan.”
The development of the plan and the consultation process is being led by the Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services, Mrs Andrea Coote.
The draft plan is open for community consultation and feedback until Wednesday 11 July 2012. In accordance with the Disability Act 2006, the Victorian State Disability Plan 2013-2016 will be finalised by 1 January 2013.
For information on the consultation process, email email@example.com, or call 1300 880 043 (TTY 9639 2417). Consultation dates and locations, and copies of the draft plan are available online at: www.dhs.vic.gov.au/statedisabilityplan.
Mary Wooldridge MP
State Member for Doncaster
Minister for Mental Health, Women’s Affairs and Community Services