The National Disability Strategy sets out a ten year national plan for improving life for Australians with disability, their families and carers.
The Strategy draws on the findings of extensive consultation conducted in 2008-09 by the National People with Disabilities and Carer Council and reported in ‘Shut Out.’
The Commonwealth, State and Territory governments have developed this Strategy in partnership under the auspices of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The Australian Local Government Association has assisted in the development of the Strategy and there will be a strong role for local governments in its implementation. The shared vision is for an inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.
Each level of government has specific roles and responsibilities across the range of policies and programs that impact on people with disability, their families and carers. The Strategy does not change the nature of these roles and responsibilities, but seeks to create a more cohesive approach across all governments.
The purpose of the National Disability Strategy is to:
establish a high level policy framework to give coherence to, and guide government activity across mainstream and disability-specific areas of public policy
drive improved performance of mainstream services in delivering outcomes for people with disability
give visibility to disability issues and ensure they are included in the development and implementation of all public policy that impacts on people with disability
provide national leadership toward greater inclusion of people with disability.