1. What is the Victorian Disability Act 2006?

The Disability Act 2006 (‘the Act’) commenced on 1 July 2007.

It replaced the Intellectually Disabled Persons’ Services Act 1986 and Disability Services Act 1991.

The Act aims to provide a stronger whole-of-government, whole-of-community response to the rights and needs of people with a disability, and a framework for the provision of high quality services and supports for people with a disability.

In plain English this means:

  • the Disability Act 2006 helps to get the government, all of its departments and all of the community to work together to support the rights and needs of people with a disability, and
  • the Disability Act 2006 helps to organise a way for people with a disability to get good services and support.

To find out more about the Disability Act 2006 click on this link: www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/disability/your-rights/disability-act-2006

Check out this video, ‘The Disability Act – What Is It?’ from the ‘Getting Into the Act’ DVD.

Duration: 3 minutes