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Disability Inclusion Bill 2014

The Disability Inclusion Bill 2014 was introduced into the NSW Parliament on 27 May 2014.

Read the media release about the Bill.

View the Bill and the speech introducing the Bill by the Minister for Ageing and the Minister for Disability Services, the Hon. John Ajaka MLC.

The final Bill takes into account the extensive feedback on the public consultation draft Disability Inclusion Bill 2014 released in December 2013.

The 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. The Bill:

  • makes it clear that people with disability have the same human rights as other people
  • promotes the inclusion of people with disability through requiring government departments and local councils to engage in disability inclusion action planning 
  • supports people with disability to exercise choice and control through individualised funding wherever possible
  • provides safeguards for people accessing NSW funded disability supports and services, including requirements for employment screening and reporting incidents to the Ombudsman.

Draft Disability Inclusion Bill 2014

The draft Disability Inclusion Bill 2014 was released for public comment in December 2013, and consultation closed on 14 February 2014. The draft Bill and information explaining the draft Bill are set out at the bottom of this page.

We received feedback on the Bill through a wide range of formats including phone calls, emails, a video, responses via an online survey, and formal written submissions. The feedback was analysed carefully and used to prepare the final Bill.

View the 87 public submissions on the draft Bill.

The reasons for change and objectives of the new law

The NSW Government is committed to improving the lives of people with disability, their family and carers.

As a part of that process, we undertook a review of NSW disability law.

The Disability Services Act 1993 is currently 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.

Previous consultations

To inform the development of the new disability law, a series of community consultations were held across NSW in early 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. A report summarising feedback is available below.

Useful documents

Documents about the Draft Disability Inclusion Bill:

Summary paper on the feedback from consultations held in February and March 2013:

Issues Paper and Discussion Paper released in January 2013:

More information
For more information about the Disability Inclusion Bill 2014, please email disabilityinclusionbill@facs.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 446 470.

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