Wednesday, 25 November 2015

National Disability Strategy: the bigger policy picture

In your dealings with various bureaucracies, do you ever wonder if various departments and systems ever talk to each other? We have a national policy that says they should.

The NSW Council for Intellectual Disability is meeting with government and individual politicians in Canberra this week, on a range of issues. One of them is the National Disability Strategy, about which NSW CID said this, on Facebook on 18th November:
The National Disability Strategy is a key policy that aims to get all government systems , community and business working more cohesively so that all people with a disability can participate as equal citizens. 
The NDIS is just one part of it - the strategy also covers justice, health, education, transport and employment. See more on the NDS here.

In a new report, writer El Gibbs looks at the lack of progress on the NDS and what this means for not only the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) but also for people's health and well being.

With a progress report on the NDS now overdue, CID continues to be alarmed at the lack of progress on the strategy. CID will be taking this issue up when we meet with government and politicians next week in Canberra.
CripCroakey: high time for political will and progress on the National Disability Strategy
El Gibbs, Crip Croakey, 18th November 2015
When it comes to disability policy in Australia, all eyes are on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

But ... the success of the NDIS relies on the less well known National Disability Strategy, which is running behind schedule and seen important targets slip away because of changing priorities of governments of different stripes ...

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