Tasmanian Government: Disability Act Review Consultation Report

The Tasmanian Government is committed to working with people with disability, their families, carers and support providers to build a more equitable, inclusive and accessible State.
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Date: 08 September, 2022
Organisation: Tasmanian Govt Media Release: Jo Palmer, Minister for Disability Services 8 September 2022

This report details what we heard through the consultation process about what needs to stay in the Act, what needs to be updated or added, and what reforms could be made to improve inclusion of people with disability and strengthen quality and safeguarding arrangements.

The Tasmanian Government is committed to working with people with disability, their families, carers and support providers to build a more equitable, inclusive and accessible State.

We have undertaken a comprehensive review of the Disability Services Act 2011 (the Act) to help us deliver better outcomes for people with disability through high-quality and safe services.

Since the Act came into force in January 2012, there have been significant changes in the delivery of specialist disability services, most notably the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

It is essential that our legislation reflects the contemporary practice of quality and safety expected by our community.

The Tasmanian Government has conducted extensive community consultation as part of the Disability Services Act review.

I am pleased to today be able to release the Disability Services Act Review Consultation Outcomes Report.

This report details what we heard through the consultation process about what needs to stay in the Act, what needs to be updated or added, and what reforms could be made to improve inclusion of people with disability and strengthen quality and safeguarding arrangements.

Inclusion and access relating to consultation in government planning, as well as in improving mainstream supports.

There was a call to strengthen the focus on human rights, and roles of leadership for people from the disability community.

We heard that people want the relationships and responsibilities of Tasmanian and Australian Government services to be better defined.

And the community wants information to make the system easier to understand and easier to navigate.

Consultation was undertaken between October 2021 and March 2022, with people living with disability, their families and carers, community groups, advocates and the broader community.

Independent expert, Annie Curtis Consulting, was engaged to ensure the consultation process was accessible and inclusive.

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to take part in the consultation. I am delighted with the level of participation in the review process, particularly from people with disability.

We appreciate your commitment to improving the lives of Tasmanians with disability and your feedback will be invaluable as we work to deliver contemporary legislation that aligns with the role of the Tasmanian Government in supporting Tasmanians with disability.

It is important to me that people living with disability are involved in the important decisions that affect them.

The Office of Parliamentary Counsel will now provide advice on how best to create contemporary and fit-for-purpose legislation.

We know this will be a complex task, but we are committed to creating a contemporary piece of legislation that advances the rights of people with disability and celebrates the strength, diversity and experience of Tasmanians with disability.

To read the Consultation Outcomes reports, visit the Department of Communities Tasmania website,