State disability plan 2021-2024 consultation


Making Victoria more inclusive of people with disability is vital to our communities and our economy. The state disability plan sets out the blueprint for how we will work across government to achieve this.

Consultation on the new plan commenced on 3 December 2019 however was paused in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). We will be restarting public engagement sessions in 2021 and we remain open to all online feedback and submissions. This includes a new consultation topic that has been added on responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Victoria has a proud history of championing the inclusion and rights of people with disability. The Victorian Government wants the next state disability plan to continue to create more opportunities for people with disability and to drive lasting positive change.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what we’ve learned

Throughout the health emergency we have taken advice from disability advocates and organisations to inform our work.

Some of the key issues that people with disability have told us about during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have been:

  • accessible and timely public health and emergency communications
  • safe and accessible services, including health and disability services
  • access to food and essential supplies
  • impacts on economic participation and employment opportunities
  • increased isolation.

Have your say about coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are keen to hear from you about what you’ve seen and experienced this year, and how the next state disability plan could be used to make things better.

Have your say on emergency response and preparation on the Topic 7: Responding to coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Consultation plan

We will soon give you more information on when there will be new consultation meetings and other things you can participate in. We will do a lot of this work using online meetings, rather than face-to-face meetings.

We will also have some consultations that are led by trusted community organisations rather than government, so that people can feel comfortable having their say.

You can make a submission at any time by visiting the submissions page.

Previous consultations

Before we paused consultation in March 2020, we hosted two metropolitan and one regional forum.

You can look at graphic recordings of two metropolitan meetings that we ran in March 2020:

We have also continued to receive written submissions and responses to key questions on our websites.

You can still provide feedback on previous consultation themes if you would like to do so, by visiting the discussion forum links below.

Brent Phillips, previous Chair of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council

Braille hard copies are available on request.

Auslan version

MP3 audio

All audio files can be found here.

Contribute to the new plan


To make a submission, please click here. You can submit any file type of your choice including documents, videos, photos and audio files.

Discussion forums

The consultation paper covers six topics and these are presented as separate discussion forums for people to engage with.

A seventh topic has now been added relating to COVID-19 as this will form a key component of the next plan.

Topic 1: Improving how we describe disability and disability inclusion in the next plan

Topic 2: Finding better ways to include people with disability in making the next plan

Topic 3: Strengthening the state disability plan outcomes framework

Topic 4: Introducing overarching approaches to strengthen government commitments under the new plan

Topic 5: Strengthening the NDIS and mainstream interface

Topic 6: Strengthening disability inclusion under the Disability Act 2006

Topic 7: Responding to COVID-19

General discussion topics - If you are interested in starting a conversation on a topic that is not in the consultation paper, then you can start the conversation here.

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