State disability plan 2021-2025 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.

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.

Consultation on the new plan commenced on 3 December 2019 however was paused in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are now restarting public engagement and will remain open to submissions until 30 April 2021. Have a look at the supplementary consultation paper which talks about what has changed since the start of consultation. The supplementary paper is also available in Easy English

We have also included a new consultation topic responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

To find out more in Easy English click here

How you can have your say

Make a submission

You can make a submission at any time by visiting the submissions page. We will be accepting submissions up until 30 April 2021. You can submit any file type of your choice including documents, videos, photos and audio files.

Tell us what you think about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other emergencies.

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.

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.

Register to attend an online forum

In March and April 2021, we are hosting online forums to get your ideas for the next state disability plan and inform changes to the Disability Act (2006). These forums are designed to capture the ideas and experiences of people with disability.

Each forum will discuss Coronavirus (COVID-19), including emergency response and preparedness, but we will also be asking for your feedback on a number of important issues including rights, health and wellbeing and community inclusion.

To find out more in Easy English click here

Rural and regional forum

This forum will replace the previous rural and regional forums that were cancelled in early 2020 due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will focus on issues impacting on people with disability living in rural and regional locations.

This forum will be held on Wednesday 31 March, 1.30pm – 3.00pm click here to register

Inclusive communities forums

These forums will cover:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) - emergency response and preparedness
  • Access to public transport
  • Gender and intersectionality*
  • Universal design (built environment)

You can attend one of these forum on:

*By gender and intersectionality, we mean issues that intersect with other parts of a person's identity, including their culture, race, gender or secual identity.

Health, housing and wellbeing forums

This forum will cover:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) - emergency response and preparedness
  • Housing
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Parents with disability

You can attend one of these forum on:

Contributing Lives forums

This forum will cover:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) - emergency response and preparedness
  • Education
  • Employment and economic participation
  • Disability Act

You can attend one of these forum on:

Fairness and safety forums

This forum will cover:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) - emergency response and preparedness
  • Rights and advocacy
  • Safety and access to the justice system
  • Disability Act.

You can attend one of these forum on:

Please note: spaces for these forums are limited. We ask that you only register to attend one forum so that we can reach as many people as possible.

If you need assistance to register for any of these events, please contact the Office for Disability by email or phone or by calling 1300 880 043

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.

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 Coronavirus (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.

You need to be logged in to participate in the discussion forum. You can choose to be anonymous. To read the moderation policy for this website please click here.

Braille hard copies are available on request.

Auslan version

MP3 audio

All audio files can be found here.