The Tasmanian Government is committed to making Tasmania a place where people with disability are empowered and supported to reach their full potential.
The Disability Services Act 2011 has provided a strong foundation for the provision of disability services in Tasmania.
However, the Act is now 10 years old and many things have changed including the introduction of the NDIS, which is why Communities Tasmania has now commenced a project to review the DSA.
As a Government, we want to create a piece of legislation that provides a contemporary vision for a safe and inclusive Tasmania for people with disability.
To achieve this, we need to hear from people with disability, as well as their families, carers, advocates, disability support providers, and the Tasmanian community.
We are committed to ensuring that our processes are as flexible as possible to maximise the opportunities for participation, with expert input being sought to ensure the consultation is appropriately designed and inclusive.
Consultation with stakeholders will consider how the DSA is working, what isn’t needed anymore and what needs improvement and how we can achieve better outcomes around inclusion, quality and safeguarding.
Importantly, broader community consultation will commence in coming weeks, and we are encouraging stakeholders to register their interest in participating in the Review by emailing DSAReview2021@communities.tas.gov.au or by phoning (03) 6777 1060.
Any stakeholder can make an individual or group submission in response to the Discussion Paper, and submissions can be written, verbal or in any inclusive format that the participant is comfortable with.
The consultation will be co-designed with people with disability and will include both face to face and online forums on key topic areas.