Reviews and evidence to inform a new National Disability Strategy
There has been a lot of change to disability policy and service delivery since the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 (current Strategy) started in 2011, including the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Over the last few years there have been a number of reviews and inquiries that have looked at how the current Strategy has applied the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The major reviews are:
- Senate Inquiry – Community Affairs References Committee: Delivery of outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2017
- Review of implementation of the National Disability Strategy conducted by the Social Policy Research Centre - 2019
- Productivity Commission (PC) review of the National Disability Agreement (NDA) - 2019 that laid out a proposed model to improve effectiveness of the NDA and the current Strategy particularly in an environment where the NDIS is fully rolled out.
An independent review by the Social Policy Research Centre showed that parts of the current strategy are working well and the Strategy’s overall principles and goals are valuable, however there are areas for improvement, particularly on how the Strategy is implemented.
We need to make sure a new Strategy reflects the changing policy environment and builds on opportunities available today as well as what may emerge over the next decade. This includes considering the findings from the Productivity Commission’s Review of the National Disability Agreement.
Extensive community consultations were undertaken in 2008-09, resulting in Shut Out: The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia (2009) (Shut Out), which helped to inform the current National Disability Strategy.
Australia periodically reports to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the most recent report was considered by the UN Committee in September 2019. The Australian Government report and the Civil Society report [PDF 1.7 MB] to the UN Committee; as well as the UN Committee's concluding observations, are also important reference points in developing the new Strategy.
Commonwealth, state and territory governments used these reviews and evidence to develop an NDS Position Paper which was released in July 2020. The NDS position paper can be found here.