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National Disability Strategy within NSW

NDS NSW implementation planOn December 3 2012 the Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance launched the National Disability Strategy NSW implementation plan 2012–2014

This is the first whole-of-government plan outlining NSW’s commitment to removing structural and attitudinal barriers to access and participation that impact on the lives of people with disability.

The plan complements the reforms to the specialist disability system through Stronger Together and the National Disability Insurance Scheme and is aligned with the 6 key areas of the National Disability Strategy (opens in new window):

  1. inclusive and accessible communities
  2. rights protection, justice and legislation
  3. economic security
  4. personal and community support
  5. learning and skills
  6. health and wellbeing

The NSW plan focuses on improving access to mainstream services so people with disability can enjoy equal rights and opportunities including access to education, entertainment, health, recreation, transport and housing.

A NSW National Disability Strategy Interagency Implementation Committee will oversee implementation of the plan over the next two years and will work with partners such as local government and non-government organisations. 

National Disability Strategy

The National Disability Strategy (NDS) is a ten year national plan (2010-2020) for improving the life experiences of Australians with disability, their families and carers. It seeks to foster an inclusive society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens. It was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in February 2011.

The NDS draws on the findings of extensive consultation reported in Shut Out: The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia (2009). All levels of government were involved in the development of the NDS. 

The NDS will help ensure that the principles underpinning the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities, ratified by Australia in 2008, are fulfilled.

National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 Report to COAG 2012

The National Disability Strategy 2010 - 2020 Report to COAG 2012 details the actions across State and Australian governments being undertaken to implement 'Laying the Groundwork 2011-2014'.

The NDS 2010-2020 Report to COAG 2012 is now available for download from

Other useful publications such as the National Disability Strategy and the National Disability Strategy Summary are also available for download on the Policy and Reseach section of the website.

How is the NDS being implemented in NSW?

The NSW Government is committed to improving the lives of all people with disability in NSW. This is reflected in the NSW 2021 Plan that commits to increasing opportunities for people with disability so that they can realise their goals and potential.

To drive implementation of the NDS in NSW, contribute to the national approach, and complement plans under Stronger Together: A new direction for disability services in NSW 2006-2016, a NSW NDS Implementation Plan will be developed.

NSW already has a commitment to Disability Action Planning and this process will in the future be linked with the implementation of the NDS in NSW.

More information

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Arts partnership to increase opportunities for people with a disability

ADHC and Arts NSW recently formed a  partnership to deliver a range of initiatives for people with disability to increase participation in arts and cultural activities. Read more about the partnership.

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