National Disability Strategy Hub

The National Disability Strategy Hub contains helpful information about the current and future National Disability Strategy; recognising the rights of people with disability; data and research.

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What is the National Disability Strategy?

The National Disability Strategy provides a ten-year national policy framework for improving the lives of people with disability in Australia. The National Disability Strategy is an agreement that guides all policy and program development across Australian, state, territory and local governments to drive better performance of mainstream services in delivering outcomes for people with disability.

National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 implementation plans

The National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 implementation is guided by three separate implementation plans, covering 2011-2014, 2015-2018 and 2019-2020. Learn more about the National Disability Strategy implementation plans

The new National Disability Strategy is coming

The Australian Government is leading the development of a new National Disability Strategy.

Statement of Continued Commitment

Governments have committed to upholding the rights of people with disability and continuing activity under the current National Disability Strategy while the new Strategy is being finalised. Learn about the Statement of Continued Commitment

The new National Disability Strategy

The Australian Government, with state, territory and local governments across Australia, are working together in consultation with people with disability to develop the new National Disability Strategy. Learn about the development of the new National Disability Strategy Learn more about consultations for the new National Disability Strategy

Local action – state, territory and local governments

The National Disability Strategy is the shared responsibility of all governments. State, territory and local governments are valued partners and make an important contribution to the National Disability Strategy.

State and territory disability plans put the National Disability Strategy into effect at a local level. Learn more about state and territory disability plans:

Local Government

With funding support from the Australian Government, the Australian Local Government Association has produced a guide to assist councils to meet their obligations in supporting people with disability. Learn more about local government and disability inclusion planning

Disability Advisory Groups

All states and territories have groups they use to regularly engage with people with disability. These groups provide advice to government about government policy and programs that affect people with disability.

Learn more about these disability advisory groups:

Recognising the rights of people with disability

The National Disability Strategy plays an important role in protecting, promoting and fulfilling the human rights of people with disability. There are a number of national and international mechanisms working to recognise the rights people with disability.

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission has the power to investigate and attempt to resolve complaints of discrimination. The Australian Human Rights Commission also undertakes educational programs to raise awareness of the human rights of people with disability. Learn more about the Australian Human Rights Commission

Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Australia is a signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is implemented through the National Disability Strategy. Learn more about the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Disability Discrimination Act 1992

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 is part of Australia's commitment to eliminating all discrimination against people with disability. Learn more about the Disability Discrimination Act 1992

Disability Standards

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 is supplemented by a series of Disability Standards. The Disability Standards are enforceable regulations that make clear the rights and responsibilities about equal access and opportunity for people with disability. Learn more about the Disability Standards for Education 2005 Learn more about the Disability (Access to Premises-Buildings) Standards 2010 Learn more about the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002

Data and Research

Good evidence helps people and governments to understand the opportunities and barriers experienced by people with disability. Under the National Disability Strategy, all governments are committed to improving data and research to support improved policy development, program design and service delivery for people with disability.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides official statistics on a wide range of topics. The ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers is a key source of data on the prevalence and profile of disability in Australia. Learn more about the ABS' Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) provides independent evidence on health and welfare in Australia. AIHW's People with disability in Australia report draws together information from a range of sources to look at the experiences of people with disability in everyday life. Learn more about AIHW's People with disability in Australia report

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Limited is an independent, not-for-profit research organisation established to produce evidence to support the reduction of violence against women and their children. This research includes works relating to women and children with disability. Learn more about Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety

Australian Reporting on the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Every four years Australia reports on its progress in implementing the Convention to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. People with disability, through their disability representative organisations, report to the Committee to help its review. This report is known as the civil society shadow report. The Committee considers these reports and may make concluding observations and recommendations. Learn more about Australia's submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Learn more about the Australian Civil Society Shadow Report to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Learn more about the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities' observations and recommendations

National Disability Data Asset

The Australian Government has invested $15 million to pilot a National Disability Data Asset in partnership with state and territory governments. The pilot will test how data can provide a better understanding of how people with disability are supported through services, payments and programs across multiple areas. Learn more about the National Disability Data Asset

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Research and Evaluation Strategy

The NDIA's research and evaluation function (or strategic approach) aims to build and strengthen National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants' capacity for independence through choice and control and to ensure the sustainability of the Scheme. Learn more about the NDIA's Research and Evaluation Strategy

National Disability Research Partnership

The Australian Government has provided $2.5 million of seed funding to establish a new National Disability Research Partnership, bringing together experts in disability policy and research to deliver a world-class disability research and policy hub. Learn more about the National Disability Research Partnership

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability is a consistent way for Australian schools to collect information about students with disability to better understand how students with disability can be best supported at school. Learn more about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

Reviews of the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020

In addition to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a number of important inputs are informing the direction of the new National Disability Strategy. These include: the Senate Inquiry report into the delivery of outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 to build inclusive and accessible communities (2017)the Social Policy Research Centre's independent review of the implementation of the current Strategy (2019)the Productivity Commission Review of the National Disability Agreement (2019)