How was Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021-2031 developed?

Public consultations and a number of major reviews were done over three years so people with disability could have a say on creating the Strategy.

Public consultations on the Strategy

Stage one public consultations started in 2019. Around 3,000 people with disability, their families and carers, advocacy organisations, peak bodies and service providers were consulted. This included face-to-face community workshops, a public survey and an online forum, as well as targeted consultations for and led by First Nations people.

Read the stage one (2019) consultation report Right to opportunity: Consultation report to help shape the next national disability strategy

Stage two public consultations were held in 2020 and included a Position Paper outlining how all levels of government would take forward the new Strategy. The Position Paper was endorsed by Australian, state and territory disability ministers. The public could comment on the Position Paper. Other activities included a series of collaborative workshops, focus groups, targeted consultations with First Nations people with disability and a webinar run by the Australian Human Rights Commission. 

Read the stage two (2020) consultation reports

Read the Position Paper 

A paper on the Outcomes Framework was made available for public comment in late 2020. The Outcomes Framework will track improvements against the Strategy’s seven Outcome Areas.

Read the stage two (2020) consultation reports which contains the Outcomes Framework consultation report

Key reviews that informed the Strategy

Development of the Strategy was guided by a number of reviews and inquiries that looked at how the original National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 was implemented. The key reviews were:

Consultation with the disability sector

A National Disability Strategy Reform Steering Group made up of sector experts was set up to provide advice and guide development of the Strategy. The non-government members of the Steering Group are listed below.

Name Position Organisation
Dr Ben Gauntlett Disability Discrimination Commissioner Australian Human Rights Commission
Carolyn Frohmader Chief Executive Officer Women with Disabilities Australia
Damian Griffis Chief Executive Officer First Peoples Disability Network
Donna Bain General Manager Self Help Workplace
Dwayne Cranfield Chief Executive Officer National Ethnic Disability Alliance
Giancarlo de Vera Senior Policy Officer People with Disability Australia
Jennifer Cullen Chief Executive Officer Synapse
Liz Reid President Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
Mary Mallett  Chief Executive Officer  Disability Advocacy Network Australia
Mary Sayers Chief Executive Officer Children and Young People with Disability Australia
Teresa Pilbeam  Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Supports Lead Autism Queensland Limited

Regular discussions were held with Disability Representative Organisations. Disability Representative Organisations are funded by the government to provide systemic advocacy and representation for people with disability. They were able to share the views of many people with disability.

A wide range of other stakeholders were also engaged including state and territory disability advisory groups, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme Independent Advisory Council.

Learn more about Disability Representative Organisations

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

The Disability Royal Commission was established in April 2019 in response to community concern about reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability. The Royal Commission will make recommendations in September 2023 about what should change. We will look at these recommendations and see if the Strategy needs to change.

Learn more about the Disability Royal Commission