Inaugural Ministerial Disability Consultative Group meeting

Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Disability Services and Community Development

Members of the Ministerial Disability Consultative Group (MDCG) met today for the first time, and I thank all members for their time and helping me to further gain real insight into the everyday experience of people with disability in Tasmania.

We know that the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has changed the way people living with disability are supported, and I am particularly interested in hearing Tasmanians experiences of the program.

The core agenda item today, and moving forward, is to assist with a full review and rewrite of the Tasmanian Disability Services Act 2011, to provide the opportunity to consider harmonising Tasmania’s legislative requirements and definitions with the NDIS.

A Steering Committee will help ensure that a contemporary Disability Services Act aligns with the current role of the Tasmanian Government in supporting Tasmanians with disability, and as it aligns with the Commonwealth services offered under the NDIS.

I thank all members for their input into ways the government can continue to improve support for Tasmanians with disability through this review, and for sharing their experiences with the NDIS and related policies.

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