How will the Strategy drive action
There is a big focus on making sure all governments are working together so that real change can occur under the Strategy.
Key parts of the Strategy
The Strategy includes a number of key features that will help drive action. These include:
- The Outcomes Framework helps us track progress over time to show if the lives of people with disability are improving.
- This progress is being made public in reports, allowing us to see areas that need more action.
- Targeted Action Plans will provide a way of taking action in some priority areas identified by people with disability. There are currently five Targeted Action Plans focusing on improving employment, community attitudes, early childhood, safety, and emergency management.
- A data improvement strategy which will be developed in 2022, and the enhancement of the National Disability Data Asset, will help drive action through better data and reporting.
- The Guiding Principles in the Strategy help ensure government policies and services meet the aims of the Strategy.
- The Engagement Plan shows how people with disability will have a say in how the Strategy is working.
- The Strategy’s Advisory Council gives independent feedback from people with disability on how to implement and monitor the Strategy.
- We are making Good Practice Guidelines for the Engagement of People with Disability. These guidelines will have practical advice on how to engage really effectively with people with disability.
Australia’s international obligations
Australia is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). As a party to the CRPD, Australia is required to promote, protect, and ensure the human rights of persons with disabilities. The Strategy plays an important role in achieving this.
The role of state, territory and local governments
State, territory and local governments are all taking action under the Strategy. Their actions can be found in Targeted Action Plans and their own disability plans.
Improved Governance Model
A strong Governance Model is helping governments work together to achieve the goals of the Strategy. It manages how the Strategy is implemented, ensures people with disability have a say and provides reporting on progress.
Engagement with people with disability
People with disability will have a say in how the Strategy is working. The Engagement Plan outlines the ways people with disability, and others, are being engaged over the life of the Strategy.
A central part of the Engagement Plan is the Strategy’s Advisory Council. The Advisory Council gives independent feedback from people with disability on the Strategy’s implementation.
Reporting and evaluation
Regular reporting will track if the Strategy is improving the lives of people with disability. This reporting will ensure all levels of government are working together. There will also be independent evaluations of the Strategy to see how well it is working.