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Feedback from first phase of Disability Services Act review now available

DSA feedback summary published

10 Oct 2013

The Disability Services Act 1993 (the Act) is being reviewed. A total of 600 people attended 25 public consultation session and 64 written submissions were received. The Feedback summary paper on the reform of NSW disability laws (PDF) 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.

ADHC is reviewing the Act:

  • 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 NSW Disability Services Act review page.


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