The State Government will introduce new disability legislation that has a focus on improving access and inclusion for South Australians with disability to ensure that all citizens can participate in their communities, and your feedback is sought on the draft Disability Inclusion Bill.

What is being decided?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is transforming the way disability support is funded and delivered across Australia.

Previously, the State Government was responsible for funding providers to deliver services to people with disability. The Disability Services Act 1993 was created for this purpose. Most of the funding has been delivered in ‘block’ grants, allocated to service providers.

Under the NDIS, the State Government will no longer directly fund services. Instead, the National Disability Insurance Agency will work with eligible individuals to create a personal budget to pay for their chosen services and supports.

The Disability Services Act 1993 will therefore no longer be required.

The State Government continues to support people with disability in South Australia to participate as equal citizens by improving access and inclusion in all aspects of society, in line with the National Disability Strategy (NDS): https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/government-international/national-disability-strategy.  

The Disability Inclusion Bill has a new focus to reflect the landscape created by the NDIS and our commitment to the NDS. This focus will be on promoting the rights and inclusion of South Australians with disability.

Download the draft Disability Inclusion Bill (PDF 117KB).

Download the following fact sheets:

The Disability Inclusion Bill has a whole-of-government approach. This means everyone in State Government and includes things like public transport, education, justice, healthcare, housing, community events and public spaces. State Government Departments are already doing great things in this area. The Disability Inclusion Bill aims to strengthen current requirements for ensuring services and facilities are accessible and responsive to people with disability.

Under the proposed Disability Inclusion Bill, local councils will also be accountable for ensuring their services and facilities are accessible and responsive to people with disability as well.

This new focus is driven by the NDS and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability: (https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities.html). These are about supporting people with disability to maximise their potential and participate as equal citizens in Australian society.

How can your input influence the decision?

We would like to hear your feedback about the proposed Disability Inclusion Bill. Your ideas are welcome and encouraged.

Although it may not be possible to incorporate all feedback into the new Bill, some ideas might be better addressed through policies, or through collaboration with other agencies and providers responsible for mainstream services. Your input will help shape this work.

There will also be further opportunities to provide feedback when the new legislation is reviewed in three years and we have a better idea of how things are working under the NDIS.

Get involved

You can tell us what you think about the draft Disability Inclusion Bill (PDF 117KB) by:

  • joining the online discussion
  • emailing your feedback to DCSIDisabilityTalk@sa.gov.au
  • writing to the Disability Policy Unit, PO Box 70, Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000
  • phoning 8415 4264 (Monday to Friday, 8.00 am - 6.00 pm). 

Make sure you tell us your feedback before 30 June 2017.

How will your input be used?

At the end of the engagement process we will prepare a report that explains what we heard and how we have used your feedback. This report will be made available on the YourSAy website.

Upcoming key dates

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 at 10:30 AM

Disability Inclusion Bill Community Meeting - City of Onkaparinga

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 at 5:00 PM

Disability Inclusion Bill - comments closing

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