Which of the following statements best describes you?
- I’m a person with disability
- I’m a parent / guardian or other family member of a person with disability
- I’m a carer of a person with disability
- I employ people with disability
- I’m a health professional
During the first stage of consultations we heard that the vision and the six outcome areas under the current Strategy are still the right ones. Do you have any comments on the vision and outcome areas being proposed for the new Strategy?
The vision is fine.
Housing should have its own Outcome Area. Housing is too important to only include as a component within another Outcome Area.
What do you think about the guiding principles proposed here?
These are fine but what matters is how the principles are embedded in policy and program development and implementation. It is useless have good principles if they don’t actually impact what is being done. You should clearly outline the steps that will be taken to ensure government action is ACTUALLY guided by these principles.
What is your view on the proposal for the new Strategy to have a stronger emphasis on improving community attitudes across all outcome areas?
It is a good change from the current Strategy. Attitudes towards people with disability is still a barrier to our participation in society.
How do you think that clearly outlining what each government is responsible for could make it easier for people with disability to access the supports and services they need?
Go further than just outlining – introduce real accountability measures
How do you think the Strategy should represent the role that the non-government sector plays in improving outcomes for people with disability?
Get the private sector to sign up to things, potentially through cash incentives.
What kind of information on the Strategy’s progress should governments make available to the public and how often should this information be made available?
We need data on how we are faring (person centred data), not just data on how government systems are performing.
Reporting should occur annually.
What do you think of the proposal to have Targeted Action Plans that focus on making improvements in specific areas within a defined period of time (for example within one, two or three years)?
A great idea but they HAVE to be funded.
Areas you must have Targeted Action Plans on include: mental health, housing, intellectual disability and autism
How could the proposed Engagement Plan ensure people with disability, and the disability community, are involved in the delivery and monitoring of the next Strategy?
Ridiculous section. There is absolutely no detail about what the ‘Engagement Plan’ constitutes.
Is there anything else you would like to share about the ideas and proposals in the position paper?
Housing must have its own Outcome Area.
Mental Health must be a targeted action plan topic.