1. Who is the Victorian state disability plan 2017-2020 (the plan) for?

The plan is for the whole community including people with a disability. It recognises that we must do more as a state – in the public and private sectors, in our workplaces, our schools and community to ensure that all of the 1.1 million Victorians with a disability can participate fully in everyday life.

2. How do you define disability?

The plan is underpinned by the social model of disability. The social model of disability is the basis for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability and considers disability to be a social problem rather than a medical problem. You can read more about this in the companion document.

3. How does the plan relate to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

At the same time as the plan, Victoria will be rolling out the NDIS, which starts on 1 July 2016 and will proceed geographically over the next three years. By July 2019, there will be around 105,000 Victorians accessing the NDIS. In addition a wider group of people with a disability will be provided with information and support activities funded by the NDIS.

Victorians with a disability, including people participating in the NDIS, will continue to receive services from the mainstream system, so we need to keep working on the accessibility and usability of our mainstream services.

We also need to make sure mainstream services and the NDIS work well together.

4. How does the plan relate to the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020?

The National Disability Strategy has six areas of policy action that all jurisdictions have agreed to implement change through.

The plan is Victoria’s mechanism to implement the National Disability Strategy.

5. When does the consultation period close?

The consultation period closes on 5pm Wednesday 6 July 2016, AEST.

6. How is the government consulting people about the development of the plan?

The government has developed this consultation website www.statedisabilityplan.vic.gov.au which will be promoted widely and provides many ways for the public to have a say:

  • responding to the questions on the theme pages
  • uploading a submission
  • sharing your story or photo
  • using the discussion tool kit to have a conversation about the discussion paper.

Apart from using the website you can submit your ideas in a range of ways including by email, phone or post.

We are making sure that we connect with key stakeholders with the support of sector partners and departments. This includes statutory authorities, peak bodies and local government disability advisory committees. It also includes people from diverse groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, people with an intellectual disability and people with limited communication.

7. Are all government departments signed up?

The plan will drive action across government. All government departments and Ministers will sign up to the plan.

8. What resources is government providing to support the plan so it isn't just another policy document?

The plan aims to reduce barriers across government and leverage off existing government investment. For example through additional investment of $155.8 million to promote inclusive education as part of the 2016-17 Victorian Budget.

In addition, the 2016-17 Victorian Budget provides $3.3 million to kick start the work of the 2017-2020 state disability plan, including a focus on strengthening the community and economic participation of people with a disability, and building 15 Changing Places facilities.

9. How will the plan relate to the government’s broader agenda?

The plan will reflect the government’s broader commitment to increasing the social inclusion of people with a disability through initiatives such as the Education State, the Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools and the Government's response to the Program for Students with Disability Review, Inclusive education for all students with disabilities and additional needs. For example, the discussion paper proposes improving and increasing training for early childhood educators and teachers to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

10. How will the plan reflect the needs of families and carers?

The plan is intended to improve outcomes for people with a disability, families and carers.

We want to hear from you about ways government can reflect the needs of carers.

11. How will the plan reflect the diversity of people with a disability?

The plan is designed to increase the social inclusion of all people with a disability.

We recognise that people with a disability are a diverse group and the needs of each individual will vary greatly depending on their disability, age, gender, sexuality and cultural background.

We want to hear from you about ways government can respond to the diverse needs of people with a disability.

12. How does the plan reflect the roles and responsibilities of local government?

We recognise that local government is leading the way in areas such as increasing the accessibility of local businesses. Most local governments also have disability action plans.

One of the proposals in the discussion paper is to better integrate disability planning across state and local government, including across all government departments and relevant statutory authorities.

We want to hear further ideas about how the plan can reflect the important role that councils plays in promoting the social inclusion of people with a disability in local communities.

13. How will you monitor and evaluate the plan?

The government is committed to being more open and transparent about the action being taken and measuring what the outcomes of those actions are.

Developing an outcomes framework with clear measures and targets to drive greater public sector accountability is one of the ideas in the discussion paper to achieve this goal.

14. How will you let the public know how the plan is tracking and involve the public in monitoring its success?

We need to work in partnership with business and communities to drive action.

The discussion paper proposes strengthening social media and web platforms to engage with people about issues important to them. It also proposes strengthening transparency through public reporting.

15. How will you make sure people know when the plan is released?

The plan is due to be in place by 1 January 2017. You can request to be notified of the plans release by emailing statedisabilityplan@dhhs.vic.gov.au.