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    About Disability Service Plans (DSPs)

    1. Purpose of DSPs

      The Disability Services Act (Qld) 2006 (the Act) provides a foundation for promoting the rights of Queenslanders with disability, increasing their wellbeing and encouraging their participation in community life. This legislation requires all Queensland Government departments/agencies to develop and implement a DSP. The purpose of DSPs is to ensure each agency has regard to the Act’s human rights and service delivery principles, and the government’s policies for people with disability. DSPs aim to improve access to services across government for people with disability, including more coordinated responses.

    2. Context

      • All Abilities Queensland: opportunities for all (state disability plan 2017–2020) sets a vision of “Opportunities for all Queenslanders” and five priority areas: (1) communities for all (2) lifelong learning (3) employment (4) everyday services (5) leadership and participation, to guide action by the Queensland Government and encourage others to act to bring the plan to life.
      • Disability Service Plans (DSPs) and the state disability plan align with, and will deliver on, Queensland’s commitments under the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 (NDS) and its second implementation plan, Driving Action 2015–2018. The NDS represents a unified approach by all governments in Australia and the Australian Local Government Association to work together with business and the community towards the vision of an inclusive Australia.
      • DSPs and the state disability plan also complement the Queensland transition to the NDIS, with full implementation in 2019. DSPs include actions the Queensland Government will take to support the transition and also to ensure mainstream services are responsive and accessible to all Queenslanders with disability.
      • Additionally, DSPs and the state disability plan contribute to meeting the Queensland Government’s obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention). The Convention, ratified by Australia on 17 July 2008, obligates all governments in Australia to work towards promoting, protecting and ensuring the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disability and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.

    3. The Department of the Premier and Cabinet is committed to:

      • ensuring that Queenslanders with disability have the same opportunity to access our services, facilities and systems as all other Queenslanders
      • meeting our workforce target of six per cent for people with disability by 2022
      • respecting and advancing the needs of families, carers and advocates of people with disability
      • providing safe, accessible services appropriate to the needs of Queenslanders wwith disability
      • progressing a coordinated and consultative whole-of government approach to the delivery of disability services in Queensland
      • working across other state government agencies and with the Commonwealth Government to successfully deliver the NDIS for Queensland.

    4. Monitoring and reporting

      The department will report annually on the implementation of the DSP and contribute to a yearly progress report on the implementation of the State Disability Plan.

      Information from the annual progress reports on DSPs and the State Disability Plan will also be shared with the Federal and other state and territory governments as part of reporting on Queensland’s commitment to the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020.

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    Last updated:
    26 July, 2017
    Last reviewed:
    26 July, 2017