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National Disability Strategy

The National Disability Strategy was developed by the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The strategy sets a 10 year reform plan from 2010-2020 for all Australian governments to address the barriers faced by Australians with disability. It will ensure that mainstream services and programs including healthcare, housing, transport and education, are accessible and address the needs of people with disability.

Six main policy outcomes are covered by the strategy: inclusive and accessible communities; rights protection, justice and legislation; economic security; personal and community support; learning and skills; and health and wellbeing. Identified under each of these outcomes are specific areas for future action and policy.

National progress of the strategy for people with disability will be reported on and reviewed every two years. Revision of the strategy will occur in response to these regular reviews. Relevant Ministers from all levels of government are also expected to provide regular progress reports to COAG.

The strategy will play a role in ensuring that the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability (CRPD) are integral to the policies and programs which affect people with disability in Australia.

The Strategy can be viewed here.