Introduction

Disability Action Plan 2013-2017

Introduction

Since implementation of the Federal Government’s National Disability Strategy 2010 - 2020, state and territory governments have implemented the Strategy within their local communities in various ways. Tasmania’s approach has been to develop and implement a framework which aims to embed the rights of people living with disability into the structures and processes of all State Government agencies. Tasmania’s framework is known as the Disability Framework for Action 2013 – 2017 (DFA).

It is a requirement of the DFA that all State Government agencies develop, implement and report against an action plan which outlines initiatives that help improve the lives of Tasmanians living with disability. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Tasmanian Health Organisations (THOs) have embraced this directive and, having gained permission to work collaboratively on a single plan, are pleased to present the plan contained in this document which is known as the Disability Action Plan 2013 – 2017 (DAP).

Through the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC), the Premier’s Disability Advisory Council (PDAC) has been, and will continue to be, integral in providing oversight and guidance to the DHHS and THOs as it develops and delivers its DAP, further strengthening their professional relationship.

Development of the DAP has been led by Human Resources and Workplace Safety (HRWS) within the DHHS, with extensive input provided from various teams across the DHHS and THOs. A Working Group comprising of a wide range of employees from across the agencies was established in order to gain diverse perspectives resulting in quality, achievable actions for the DAP. Consultation with several additional stakeholders has also been sought in providing further input, advice and guidance in shaping the DAP.

Support and encouragement for the DAP has also been provided by Matthew Daly, Secretary DHHS who is committed to its objectives and actions, demonstrated by the requirements for relevant DAP actions to be reflected in Performance Development Agreements for his direct reports. The commitment held by executive levels within the DHHS and THOs reflects the importance of the rights of people living with disability and it is intended that this will help inspire permanent attitudinal change throughout the agencies.

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