National Disability Strategy

National Disability Strategy

The National Disability Strategy is the plan that National and State/Territory governments have agreed to use as the basis of their work on disability.

The Strategy is based on the belief that all Australians—including people with disability—should have fair and equal access to the full range of mainstream programs and services available, including: employment, healthcare, education, transport, or public facilities and infrastructure.

The Strategy has six priority areas for action. They are:

  1. Inclusive and accessible communities
  2. Rights protection, justice and legislation
  3. Economic security
  4. Personal and community support
  5. Learning and skills
  6. Health and wellbeing

Early in 2014, the Australian Government asked us for feedback on the first phase, 2011 – 2014, of the National Disability Strategy.

We held a series of workshops in state capital cities between 17 and 23 February 2014 to gather feedback from the Deaf community. We also gathered responses to an online survey. From this feedback we will send a submission to the Australian Government by the end of April 2014.

The Australian Government released a discussion paper about a National Disability Strategy in 2008. Deaf Australia sent a submission in response to the discussion paper in December 2008.

Download a copy of the document (PDF 213KB)

Deaf Australia also attended many meetings with government to provide comment about the draft National Disability Strategy.