Media Release by The Hon Jane Prentice MP

Disability CEOs support renewed commitment to National Disability Strategy

The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Service, met with key senior stakeholders from the disability sector today to discuss important issues relating to the NDIS and support services.

Mrs Prentice acknowledged the important role that service providers play in supporting people with disability.

She said the National Disability Services’ CEO Meeting was an opportunity to discuss issues faced by the sector, and highlight the future direction of the National Disability Strategy.

“The National Disability Strategy aims to improve the lives of all Australians with disability not just those who might be NDIS participants,” she said.

“Last week we released the Second Implementation Plan for the National Disability Strategy, Driving Action 2015-2018.

“The Second Implementation Plan reinvigorates the commitment of all levels of government to the National Disability Strategy.

“As well as a commitment to continued effort across the Strategy’s six policy areas, it includes four areas of increased national cooperation:

  • transitioning the NDIS to full scheme
  • improving employment opportunities for people with disability
  • improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability
  • communication activities to promote the intent of the strategy throughout the community.

“The National Disability Strategy focuses on ensuring inclusive and accessible communities, protection of rights, economic security, personal and community support, learning and skills and health and wellbeing.

“All levels of government will continue to work towards improving attitudes and responses to disability that, ultimately, will remove the barriers to participation and lead to a more inclusive Australian society.”

More information on the Second Implementation Plan, Driving Change 2015-2018 is available on the DSS website.