Commonwealth, state and territory disability ministers met on Thursday 15 April 2021 by telepresence.

Highlights include:

  • National Disability Strategy in development, to be finalised in the second half of 2021. Ministers agreed to the development of related Targeted Action Plans with specific deliverables – initial action plans should cover employment, community attitudes, early childhood, emergency management and safety.
  • NDIS reforms discussed including concerns raised by the sector in relation to independent assessments and the importance of further comprehensive consultation with states and territories, the disability sector and people with disability occurring. The NDIA will provide detailed briefings to each Minister on conduct of the pilot to date.
  • COVID-19 vaccine rollout discussed and in particular the concerns raised by disability stakeholders about delays in the rollout of Phase 1A. Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring a safe and effective rollout to all people with disability and those who support them.
  • Ministers discussed the progress jurisdictions have made towards implementing the National Principles for Restrictive Practices Authorisation.
  • Ministers discussed their revised priorities for 2021 and agreed to finalise a comprehensive workplan out-of-session to ensure the staging of reforms and critical issues occur in a cohesive and well structured manner (hopefully this will include advocacy demand and funding).
  • Next meeting in July will focus on considering the outcomes of the independent assessments trials and the results of these further consultations, prior to finalising the proposed reforms.
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Department of Social Services (DSS)

Date published:
Thu 15th Apr, 2021