Consultation period

7 November 2022 - 9:00 am To 12 February 2023 - 11:59 pm

A New Act to Replace the Disability Services Act (1986)


A New Act to Replace the Disability Services Act (1986)

Both rounds of consultation have now closed.

Information about the second consultation and a report on both rounds of consultation is available here: Second consultation and consultation report.

The Department of Social Services (the department) is working to update and replace the Disability Services Act 1986 (the Act). It has been in place for more than thirty years with the aim of improving the lives of, and supporting, people with disability, their families and carers.

In order to continue to do this, we need your help to make sure that those supports and services it covers are modern, flexible, and directly relevant to your priorities and needs.

Your voice is an important part of this work. Your ideas and feedback will help to make sure that the new Act can genuinely improve outcomes for people with disability, their families, and carers. Having your say is a strong way to determine how you, and your loved ones, live and are supported, now and in the future. The department will also give careful regard to the findings and proceedings of previous and ongoing reviews and inquiries, including the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability so that input already provided by the disability community is fully considered.

> Read the consultation paper