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Have Your Say on the Disability Inclusion Bill in 2014!


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Have your say on the Disability Inclusion Bill 2014
"The NSW Government is committed to improving the lives of people with disability, their family and carers.
As a part of that process, disability law in NSW is being reviewed. We are asking for feedback on a new disability law to be introduced in Parliament next year (2014).
The draft Disability Inclusion Bill 2014 can be viewed here:

It’s important to have your say in the way disability law governs disability services and rights in NSW.

How to provide your feedback
The Disability Inclusion Bill 2014 is available for comment until 14 February 2014. To provide your feedback you can:

We will publish all written submissions on our website — please tell us if you don’t want us to publish your submission. You should also be aware that requests to access written submissions may be made under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW).

More information and resources
There are a number of resources that will help you to provide your feedback in a clear way, so we can understand your views on the draft Bill.

Watch the AUSLAN interpretation of the Information Booklet
We have produced an Information Booklet and a Fact Sheet to help you understand the Bill - these can be downloaded from links below:

If you would like to speak to someone to interpret this information, please phone the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450.

The reasons for change and objectives of the new law
At the moment the Disability Services Act 1993 is the main legal foundation in NSW for providing supports and services to people with disability. When it was made, the Act set out a progressive, rights-based approach to supporting people with disability.
In the 20 years since the Disability Services Act 1993 was made, there have been significant changes in attitudes towards people with disability and the ways that they are supported. Most important of these are:

  • respecting the independence of people with disability
  • recognising the right of people with disability to be in control of their lives and to make or be involved in decisions that affect them 
  • ensuring people with disability can participate fully in the community.

The draft Bill aims to better recognise the human rights of people with disability and to help people move to the new funding arrangements under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Bill:

  • makes it clear that people with disability have the same human rights as other people
  • promotes the inclusion of people with disability
  • supports people with disability to exercise choice and control through individualised funding wherever possible
  • provides safeguards for people accessing disability supports and services including requirements for employment screening and reporting incidents to the Ombudsman
  • regulates certain restrictive practices that are used to ensure a person’s safety and/or the safety of others.

What has happened so far
Consultation sessions and submissions
To inform the development of the new disability law, a series of community consultations were held across NSW during February and March 2013. Due to demand, extra sessions were held and nearly 600 people attended.
The consultations asked for feedback on a range of issues under four key themes – scope and purpose, community inclusion, choice and control, and safeguards.
In addition to these face-to-face consultation sessions, a total of 64 written submissions about a new disability law were received.
We greatly appreciate the time people took to attend consultation sessions and provide written submissions. A summary of this information is published in Feedback summary paper on the reform of NSW disability laws. You can download this by clicking on the links below:

Discussion papers
In January 2013 an Issues Paper: Reforming NSW disability support – the fundamental legislative issues and a more detailed Discussion Paper: Reforming NSW disability support - legislative structure and content, were released for public comment.  You can download these papers by clicking on the links below:

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