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
The Act Resources Guide project acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are Australia’s first peoples and the traditional owners and custodians of the land.