The National Disability Strategy (NDS) is a ten-year national plan (2010-2020) for improving the life experiences of Australians with disability, their families and carers. It seeks to foster an inclusive society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens. It was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in February 2011.
On 3 December 2012 the then Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, launched the National Disability Strategy NSW Implementation Plan 2012–2014.
The National Disability Strategy Second Implementation Plan, Driving Action 2015-2018 outlines new priority actions and builds on ongoing commitments to improving outcomes for people with disability across the Strategy's six policy outcome areas.
The NSW plan recognises the importance of ensuring access to mainstream services and opportunities so that people with disability enjoy the same rights and opportunities that others take for granted, including access to health services. NSW Health contributes to the success of the implementation plan in a number of key areas, particularly under NDS outcome area 6: Health and Wellbeing.
NSW Health reports on our NDS work to Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC, part of Family and Community Services) which has published the NDS Implementation Summary Report . Family and Community Services is the lead agency for NSW’s NDS work and can keep you updated about how NSW contributes to the success of the NDS.
The NSW Health Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016-2019 is also linked to our NDS priorities.