This is a four-year plan for 2017 – 2020, starting on 1 January 2017.
Absolutely everyone is a plan for the more than one-million people with a disability living in Victoria, and for their families, friends, advocates, carers and the community as a whole.
Absolutely everyone is a plan of the Victorian government and its departments and agencies. The Disability Act 2006 requires the government to have a new four-year state disability plan, starting on 1 January 2017.
Working in partnership with business, communities and local government is vital to our plan. We have also developed Absolutely everyone so that other sectors may take up and adapt the outcomes framework and other parts of the plan to their own areas.
We received contributions from 139 people, telling us about their experiences and offering suggestions for what should be in the plan. We interviewed 17 key stakeholders and received 19 formal submissions from individuals responding to our consultation discussion paper. We also received submissions from 69 organisations and 22 local councils. Contributors to the community consultation raised over 1300 different points and suggestions in response to the consultation discussion paper questions.
We use four pillars of everyday life for the structure of our plan. We have developed these pillars from our vision and what we learnt through the consultation. The pillars provide a way of thinking about what is important in a person’s everyday life.
The term everyday life refers to everything involved in going about life on a daily basis. This includes how people act, think, and feel when doing ordinary things. It also means the routines and habitual ways we go about doing these things.
Everyone has a role in promoting an inclusive Victoria. The pillars highlight those points where organisations, communities, places and governments come together in the life of an individual. They give us our focus for developing actions.
The plan’s vision is for an inclusive Victoria, which supports people with a disability to live satisfying everyday lives. The plan sets out how this can be achieved, through action by the Victorian government, within its powers and areas of responsibility.
Absolutely everyone is a policy and action framework. The plan puts in place a process for realising the government’s vision of an inclusive Victoria. Absolutely everyone sets out key directions and a range of specific initiatives.
More details and annual reports will be developed and released during the four-year life of the plan. Key stakeholders will provide input to this further work.
Work and economic participation is a one of the plan’s key approaches. This recognises that people with a disability want a job. Several actions address this issue. Key Priority 10 of Absolutely everyone is implementing an economic participation and employment strategy. We have already begun developing this strategy with implementation starting in 2017.
The Victorian Government is supporting the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS is being rolled out in Victoria over a three-year period from July 2016. We are planning the rollout to give Victorians with disability, their families and carers the time, information and resources they need to move to the NDIS.
Most of the people directly affected are people currently receiving disability support. It is expected that 105,000 Victorians will have transferred to the scheme by July 2019.
The NDIS changes the government’s roles and responsibilities for people with a disability.
The plan sets out the Victorian Government’s continuing obligations to people with a disability during and after the implementation of the NDIS. This is important for meeting the needs of both NDIS participants and non-participants.
For the NDIS to work properly, mainstream services need to make some changes. The connections between NDIS supports and mainstream services also need to be streamlined. There are a range of actions in Absolutely everyone to ensure this happens.
The plan sets out the directions for how the Victorian government will continue supporting people with a disability over the next four years. The Victorian government and the Commonwealth have committed to continuity of support.
Continuity of support means that people who do not meet the NDIS access requirements, but were accessing a disability service prior to being assessed by the NDIA, will continue to receive support consistent with their current arrangements. The way that this continuity of support is delivered will be tailored to each program or service, as disability programs and services are all different.
Current HACC clients under 65 (or Indigenous clients under 50) who are not eligible for the NDIS will continue to be eligible for services under Victoria’s HACC Program for Younger People. The program will continue to provide the same types of services that were provided under the former HACC Program over the period that the NDIS rolls out in Victoria.
Services for people who are not eligible for the NDIS will be considered in the design of new integrated community service models. These will look at how coordinated services can be provided for people with a disability who wish to access disability-related supports, while also taking into account their opportunities to participate in the wider community.
The plan uses an outcomes framework for guiding action and achieving results that align with our vision of an inclusive Victoria. The outcomes framework has four domains that are the same as the pillars of the plan. We use the word domain for the outcomes framework because this is the word used across government for all outcomes frameworks. There are 14 different outcomes that we are working towards across the four domains.
Each of the 14 outcomes will have performance indicators. These performance indicators can then be used for monitoring and reporting the progress of action achieving outcomes for people with a disability.
We will work with departments, the Victorian Disability Advisory Council and people with a disability and their representatives to develop these performance indicators.
The outcomes framework gives the plan a way of measuring progress and the impact of our work. The government already collects data and has different performance indicators for action being taken in different areas.
During 2017, as part of the plan implementation process, we will be reviewing how this existing data and performance information can be used. We will also work out what new data and performance indicators we need for reporting progress on the actions in the plan.
We will report progress on the actions we are taking using the outcomes framework. Information about progress on the actions will be reported annually.
The Victorian Disability Advisory Council is mandated to advise the Minister on whole-of-government policy directions under the Disability Act 2006. The council also has a responsibility for monitoring the implementation of strategies for promoting inclusion and participation in the community and removing barriers. This means the council has an important role in overseeing the plan and reviewing the progress being made in different areas. Members of the council were appointed in late 2016, for three-year terms.
Early in 2017.
A consultation overview was published in October 2016. This is available from the state disability plan website.
A longer consultation report will be published in early 2017.
Absolutely everyone has 10 key priorities and 27 actions. These are the first steps in the directions outlined by the plan. Further actions will be developed through the framework of Absolutely everyone over its four-year life.
Organisations will also be taking action that is consistent with Absolutely everyone through their own disability action plans.
We received more than 1300 different suggestions and ideas in answers to our consultation questions. Contributors also provided us with further ideas through their submissions and other feedback.
Absolutely everyone is a policy and action framework. The plan sets out some main ideas for the issues being dealt with through the plan. Absolutely everyone puts in place a process for realising the government’s vision of an inclusive Victoria.
More specific details will be developed during the four-year life of the plan. The Victorian Disability Advisory Council, people with a disability and others will have further opportunities to provide input during implementation of the plan.
Government departments and bodies will be implementing actions from Absolutely everyone and taking other action consistent with the plan’s directions and framework. Departments and bodies will also be implementing disability action plans that are consistent with Absolutely everyone.
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