During consultations to inform the review of the Disability Act 2006 and development of Inclusive Victoria: State Disability Plan 2022-26, Victorians raised the need for dedicated legislation to drive a contemporary and proactive approach to advancing disability inclusion in Victoria.
The Victorian Government is now seeking public feedback on the exposure draft of the Disability Inclusion Bill. The lived experiences of people with disability will be crucial in shaping this legislation as part of the consultation approach.
An exposure draft is a draft piece of legislation that is released by a government agency for public consultation. An exposure draft may be updated or changed, and may or may not be introduced to Parliament following public consultation.
The Disability Inclusion Bill is a critical part of the government’s broader reform agenda to achieve transformative equality for people with disability.
It sets out possible ways that government can drive a contemporary and proactive approach to disability inclusion, including by reducing and preventing barriers faced by people with disability in the community. It also proposes to establish a Commissioner for Disability Inclusion, whose role would be to promote disability inclusion in the public sector, local government, universities and other entities.
“This bill is critical to advancing the inclusion of Victorians with disability,” said Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, the Hon Colin Brooks MP.
“That’s why it’s important that everyone has their say to help shape the future inclusion agenda in our state.”
The consultation period runs from 19 September and closes on 31 October 2022.
Alongside the Disability Inclusion Bill, an overview paper has been released which summaries major elements of the proposed disability inclusion reforms.
The overview paper is available in a variety of formats, including easy read, braille, e-text, audio and Auslan. It is also available in Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Hindi, Vietnamese, and Arabic.
More information, including a copy of the Disability Inclusion Bill, overview paper, details on how to make a submission and information on consultation activities is available on Engage Victoria.
Watch a video of the Chair of Victorian Disability Act Review Advisory Group, Graeme Innes AM, discussing the Disability Inclusion Bill and how the public can share their ideas during the consultation: