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The National Disability Strategy - December 2020 Update

NDS and NDIS Outcomes Framework – public consultations close 18 December

This is the last chance to provide your feedback to make sure the NDS and NDIS Outcomes frameworks are meaningful for people with disability. You can provide your feedback by reading the Introductory Paper and then making a submission or answering the questions in the guided questionnaire prior to 18 December 2020.

What happens when the current National Disability Strategy finishes at the end of 2020?

On Friday 4 December 2020, Disability Ministers from across Australia issued a Statement of Continued Commitment to the National Disability Strategy. The statement is a commitment to continue efforts under the National Disability Strategy to uphold the rights of people with disability between the expiry of the current Strategy at the end of 2020, and the finalisation of the new National Disability Strategy in 2021. Read the Statement of Continued Commitment: National Disability Strategy 2010 - 2020.

The later finalisation (in 2021) of the new Strategy is due to the impact of COVID-19 which meant public engagement had to be held later to ensure it could be conducted safely. The decision to defer public engagement, and the later finalisation of the new Strategy was based on advice from key disability sector stakeholders.

Engaging people with disability as part of the new National Disability Strategy

The National Disability Strategy Position Paper proposed the development of an Engagement Plan to show the commitment of governments toward involving people with disability in the implementation of the new Strategy.

As a first step to demonstrating all governments commitment to better collaborating and engaging with people with disability, Disability Ministers from across Australia have agreed to work together to establish a new National Disability Strategy Advisory Council. Read the communiqué.

The Advisory Council will be developed in close consultation with people with disability, and commence alongside the new National Disability Strategy in 2021.

In addition, to further support improvements the Australian Government will fund the development of Good Practice Guidelines for the engagement of people with disability. The Guidelines will be a valuable resource to remove barriers to participation for people with disability.

The National Disability Strategy - National Disability Conference Initiative 2021 – 2022

The National Disability Conference Initiative 2021 – 2022 grant opportunity is now open for applications. Below are the links to Stream 1 – Disability Conference Activity and the new Stream 2 – Mainstream Conference Inclusion Activity.

We are pleased to announce the Mainstream Conference Inclusion Activity is a new initiative this year, with additional funding of $315,000 providing up to $10,000 grants to disabled peoples organisations to work with mainstream conference organisers to have a greater focus on people with disability. Applications close on 20 January 2021

Australian Public Service Disability Employment Strategy 2020–25

An Australian Public Service Disability Employment Strategy 2020–25 that sets out a comprehensive plan to improve the employment outcomes for people with disability has been released. This Employment Strategy 2020-25 aligns with the National Disability Strategy and reinforces the Australian Government’s commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

For more information please visit the Australian Public Service website.

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