Key actions under the Strategy
Each level of government provide supports and services. Under the Strategy all governments are working to improve these services for people with disability.
The Strategy helps strengthen actions across all levels of government in several ways.
Targeted Action Plans
By using Targeted Action Plans, extra work will be done in some priority areas identified by people with disability. Each Targeted Action Plan is agreed to by disability ministers. The five Targeted Action Plans launched with the Strategy work to improve employment, community attitudes, early childhood, safety, and emergency management.
Many government departments have strategies, plans, roadmaps and frameworks in place that show how the work they are doing supports the Strategy. We call these ‘Associated Plans’ as they support the Strategy. More will be added over time.
State and territory government action
State and territory governments play a major part in providing mainstream services such as education, justice and health. They work to make these services inclusive for people with disability.
State and territory disability plans
State and territory governments have their own disability plans in place, or are developing plans. Many local governments (commonly known as councils) also have disability plans in place. Together, the reporting against these plans will add to the overall reporting against the Strategy.
Learn more about state and territory disability plans:
Disability advisory groups
All states and territories have groups they use to regularly engage with people with disability. These groups provide advice about government policy and programs that affect people with disability.
Learn more about these disability advisory groups:
Local government action
The Australian Local Government Association is the national voice of local government and represents 537 councils across Australia. To help councils better support people with disability they have created a guide called Disability Inclusion Planning – A Guide for Local Government.
Commonwealth government action
National Disability Representative Organisations
Disability Representative Organisations provide systemic advocacy and representation for Australians with disability.
These peak bodies provide advice to the Commonwealth government on breaking down barriers and improving social and economic participation and engage with a range of ministers and portfolios. They provide systemic advocacy for Australians with disability to:
- promote an understanding of the lives of people with disability
- promote and protect the rights and dignity of people with disability
- support service providers in delivering services to people with disability
- foster support for the participation of people with disability in all aspects of community life.
The Disability Representative organisations are:
Disability Australia Consortium, which is made up of:
- Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
- Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia
- Blind Citizens Australia
- Brain Injury Australia
- Deaf Australia
- Deafblind Australia
- Deafness Forum of Australia
- Disability Advocacy Network Australia
- Down Syndrome Australia
- The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum
- Physical Disability Australia