Victoria Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge
Better Access The Focus Of New Disability Plan
Victor P Taffa
Providing people with the support and services that enable them to fully participate in all aspects of life is the focus of the new Victorian state disability plan 2013-2016 released today by the Minister for Community Services, Mary Wooldridge.
“The new plan continues the journey towards self-directed and flexible disability services that complement accessible and responsive mainstream services such as health care, education and transport.” Ms. Wooldridge said.
“It works across the whole of government so that people with disability, their families and carers can get the services and support they need to participate socially, economically and culturally.”
The Victorian state disability plan 2013–2016 articulates the government’s view to the future and gives a clear direction for the next four years. It provides a framework for:
- Tackling barriers to accessing mainstream services such as health care, education and transport, and working towards the support that people with disability, their family and carers need to fully participate in all aspects of life and fulfil their potential;
- Continuing reform of the Victorian disability system to create a more streamlined system that offers more meaningful choice and control to people with disability;
- Providing a clear direction that enables the whole community including businesses, local government, not-for-profits, small groups, advocates and individuals to work with or alongside the government in achieving the goals outlined in the plan.
Ms. Wooldridge said the Victorian state disability plan 2013–2016 complemented the development and launch of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
“Through continuing to implement Victoria’s contemporary approach to disability system reform, this plan helps us to better prepare for an NDIS.” Ms. Wooldridge said.
Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services Andrea Coote said the plan was informed by the issues, concerns and ideas gathered during an extensive consultation process involving more than 500 people.
“To ensure the plan was taking the right direction, we travelled around Victoria to hear from people with disability, their families and carers, advocacy groups and organisations, local councils and community members.” Ms. Coote said.
Ms. Coote said a clear message from the consultations was that people with disability, their families and carers want to know that the plan is making the changes that matter.
“We will know if the plan is getting the right results by monitoring the implementation of the strategies.”
“This will include taking into consideration the views of people with disability, their families and carers; reports from departments on the progress of the plan; and monitoring population level data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.” Ms. Coote said