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Improved Disability Legislation Takes Effect in Tasmania

  • Synopsis: Published: 2012-01-01 - New legislation enacted to recognize and honor rights of people living with a disability in Tasmania Australia. For further information pertaining to this article contact: David O'Byrne, MP - Acting Minister for Human Services.

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New legislation to recognize and honor the rights of people living with disability will take effect in Tasmania from today.

The Acting Minister for Human Services, David O'Byrne, said the Disability Services Act would empower people living with disability in Tasmania.

"The State Government is committed to developing a disability services system that responds to the individual needs of people with disability," he said.

"These modern laws significantly improve Tasmania's disability sector and bring Tasmania into line with contemporary practice and thinking.

"They give Tasmanians living with disability a greater say in how funds are allocated to enhance their daily lives as equal, participating members of the community.

"And they recognize the needs of children with disability and broaden and modernize the definition of 'disability'."

Around 23 per cent of Tasmanians have some form of disability - the highest rate in Australia.

Mr O'Byrne said the new legislation was consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.

"The new laws are a major improvement on the outdated 1992 Act," he said.

"They will also ensure that new disability services are provided in a way that better meets the community's obligations to Tasmanians with disability."

Mr O'Byrne said the new laws were part of wider reform of the disability services sector.

"The State Government has thrown its weight squarely behind the introduction of a new National Disability Insurance Scheme," he said.

"We also introduced the Gateway Services offering a single point of assessment and referral to a range of specialist and universal services.

"In addition, community access programs and respite care for children and adults have been moved wholly to the community sector.

"While there are still improvements which can be made to meet the needs of all people with disability, there are many positive and constructive reforms underway."

Related Information:

  1. Disability Sector Urged to Back NDIS Launch in Tasmania - The Tasmanian State Government has stated people with disability would benefit from the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Tasmania.
  2. Disability Services Legislation - Tasmania - Secretary to Cabinet Cassy O'Connor says she expects to table new disability services legislation in the Spring sitting of State Parliament.
  3. Gateway System for Disability Services - A new service system for people accessing disability support begins today, making Tasmania the first in Australia to deliver services through the Gateway model.

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