Disability Inclusion Legislation passed by NSW Parliament

On the 14th August 2014 NSW Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka welcomed the passage of the Disability Inclusion Bill through the NSW Parliament, which sets in place a legacy of inclusion and protection for people with disability during and following the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Act will replace the Disability Services Act 1993 that has been in place for the past 21 years. Shaped by feedback received from thousands of people across NSW involved in a consultation process, the Act will have a positive impact on the lives of people with disability, their families and carers.

The Act aims to better recognise the human rights of people with disability and to help people move to new funding arrangements including the NDIS. The Act:

  • makes it clear that people with disability have the same human rights as other people
  • promotes the inclusion of people with disability by 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 new employment screening requirements and the need for disability accommodation providers to report abuse or neglect of people with disability to the Ombudsman.

To view an overview of the Act click here.