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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.

Download the draft Disability Inclusion Bill (PDF 117KB) 

Download the Disability Inclusion Bill Easy Read (PDF 375KB)

You can tell us your feedback by:

  • joining the online discussion below
  • 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.

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Letitia Rose

30 Jun 2017

Julia Farr Youth has considered the draft Disability Inclusion Bill 2017. We attended a community meeting yesterday so thanks for the opportunity to meet with you. We raised a few points on behalf of Julia Farr Youth that we would like to reiterate here.

The bill has some positive elements including:
• It is rights-based and informed by the social model of disability (specific mention of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)
• Focus on State Disability Inclusion Plan and DAIPs
• Recognition of the additional considerations for specific groups:
 women living with disability
 children living with disability
 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability
 people living with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

We also wish to express the following views/suggestions in the hopes that they will inform the final version:
• There is mention of “improved access to services”, however we wonder whether there should be explicit mention of access to healthcare services in recognition of the significant barriers people living with disability face to access basic healthcare services.
• Regarding 9(1): we are not sure that the wording “acknowledged and respected” communicates that these rights must be upheld and empowered by all.
• Regarding 9(3)(b): we suggest to consider using the terminology ‘child-inclusive’ or ‘child-centred as this covers not only the “best interests of the child” but also more comprehensively the child’s needs and wants, safety, and wellbeing.
• Regarding 9(3)(d): this is an important point however we suggest this could be reframed and strengthened e.g., “The views of children will be listened to and they will be provided with appropriate opportunities to participate in decisions that affect them”.
• It may also be worthwhile to add an additional point e.g., “The developmental needs of children will be taken into account including recognition of critical periods in childhood and adolescence.” In other parts of the bill where ‘maturity’ or ‘age’ is referred to, we recommend you replace this language with ‘grow and develop’ or ‘developmentally appropriate’.
• The bill needs to better communicate its aim of improved access and inclusion of all services and supports (mainstream included) for people living with disability. The impression we get from reading the bill in its current form is that it is referring to disability-specific services.

Julia Farr Youth welcomes further opportunities to meet with you and have their say on issues that affect young people living with disability.

Kind regards,
Letitia Rose
Project Officer – Youth
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Disability Policy Unit > Letitia Rose

07 Jul 2017

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the engagement process for the Disability Inclusion Bill. We appreciate you following up with written feedback to reflect what was discussed at the community meeting last week.

We will consider how best to reflect the specific suggestions you have made with regards to the Bill’s principles. We will also look into further your idea to emphasise the intended scope of the Bill by using the term ‘mainstream’ where services and supports are referenced. This is certainly the intention of the Bill. It takes a holistic approach and does apply to mainstream services; its focus is not on disability-specific services. However, please note that we also intend to use other opportunities to explain the purpose and focus of the Bill so that everyone understands the intent of its legal language. This includes explaining its relevance to mainstream services, for example when the Bill is first introduced into Parliament.

Michael Taggart

13 Jun 2017

The Bill has some excellent elements especially

(1)acknowledgement of the diversity of people with disability: the recognition of women and girls with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse communities and of the rights of children with disability and the importance of families and carers.
(2) The provision for disability access and inclusion planning across State and Local Government.

But there are some crucial deficits in the Bill.

First there is no recognition of the importance of nor resourcing for building the capacity of people with disability to participate powerfully in access and inclusion planning and monitoring.
In particular there is no recognition of State Government's role in developing the capacity of representative organisations and individual leaders, in this Bill;

Second, the Bill doesn't provide for an ongoing voice of people with disability, families and carers in monitoring effectiveness of the disability access and inclusion plans.
State and Local government consultation with citizens with disability is vital but insufficient. Once again people with disability are asked to participate in planning but without any leadership to support that participation and to contribute to monitoring and evaluation.

Finally there is no recognition of nor support for the development of more disability - led organisations across all sectors, a key driver of capacity development for people with disability.

Government Agency

Disability Policy Unit > Michael Taggart

19 Jun 2017

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the engagement process for the Disability Inclusion Bill. Your feedback is useful and appreciated. We will consider how your suggestions best fit into the proposed legislative framework.

We agree that people with disability, their families, carers and representatives need to be strongly involved in South Australia’s disability inclusion planning. It is a requirement under Parts 4 and 5 of the Disability Inclusion Bill to consult people with disability and peak bodies when developing the State Disability Inclusion Plan and Disability Access and Inclusion Plans.

The Disability Inclusion Bill sets the broad parameters and requirements that must be followed, with further details of how and when agencies must involve people with disability to be specified in accompanying Regulations and guidelines. These are yet to be developed.

Your ideas and feedback regarding strengthening the voice of people with disability and building capacity will be considered in the final version of the Bill and in the development of accompanying Regulations and guidelines.