Feedback from first phase of Disability Services Act review now available

11 Oct 2013

Earlier this year, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) held a number of community consultations across NSW as the first step in the review process of the Disability Services Act 1993 (the Act).

The public were also invited to present submissions on the review. The Feedback summary paper on the reform of NSW disability laws is now available on the ADHC website.

Some recurring ideas that were raised include:

  • that laws should better define disability and support with a focus on needs and not what a person’s disability is
  • people should be able to choose where they receive services
  • that laws should work towards building a community that includes everyone.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback. The NSW Government values your insight.

Using this feedback, ADHC will draft the proposed law. Following this, we will again be seeking your feedback.

The Act is being reviewed:

  • in line with the NSW Government’s person centered disability support reforms and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • to create an integrated disability legal framework, which draws together different laws that affect people with disability
  • to reflect contemporary thinking about the rights of people with disability.

More information on the review can be found on the Disability Services Act review page on the ADHC website.