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Fact Sheet 2: Achievements we can build on

Over the five years of the Disability Framework for Action 2013-2017 there have been many important achievements that have helped people with disability:

Successful transition to the NDIS

  • By January 2017, over 1,600 Tasmanians had joined the NDIS and reported high satisfaction levels with their services. Tasmania is on track for around 10,600 Tasmanians to become part of the NDIS by July 2019.

Increasing employment opportunities for people with disability

  • Introducing the State Service Diversity and Inclusion Framework 2017-2020 – helping to provide a fairer chance for people with disability to work with the Tasmanian Government.
  • Developing a Workplace Adjustment Policy Template - helping to provide the changes that a person with disability may need to work effectively in Tasmanian Government job.
  • Trialling Career Connect - a shared project by the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, the National Disability Coordination Officer Program, Self Help Workplace and TasTAFE linking graduate students with disability with a mentor.

Making buildings and communities more accessible

  • Making schools, kindergartens and colleges more accessible through the construction of two new schools, redevelopment of existing facilities and ongoing work to upgrade facilities to meet the access needs of students.
  • Installing elevators, accessible toilets, sliding doors, and tactile indicators at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Designing the new Parliament Square offices to make sure they are accessible for staff and visitors with disability.
  • Making sure that public toilets in national parks are accessible for people with disability.
  • Working with local government to promote what councils can do to create accessible communities for people with disability.
  • Introducing the Tasmanian Government Accessible Events Guidelines and Checklists - assisting agencies to conduct events that are both welcoming and accessible to people with disability.

Providing more accessible transport

  • Issuing 27 new Wheelchair accessible taxi licences.
  • Allocating $31 million for 100 new accessible buses for Metro Tasmania to enable Metro to have in a 100 per cent Disability Discrimination Act compliant fleet by 2022.

Making our education system more inclusive

  • Setting up the Improved Support for Students with Disability - Ministerial Taskforce to investigate the support that is provided to students with disability and allocating $12 million to implement the Taskforce’s recommendations.
  • Running a pilot Autism Class Support Program so that young people with autism can receive the help they need and to be included in a mainstream school environment.
  • Providing training for principals and teachers to improve understanding of what they can do to provide inclusive education for students with disability and to meet the Disability Standards for Education 2005.
  • Contributing to national work to develop training and support materials for teachers and support workers on working with students with disability.
  • Training for teachers in the use of assistive technology for students with disability.

Increasing housing options

  • Starting work on providing up to 900 new homes and affordable, appropriate housing for an extra 1600 Tasmanian households, including people with disability, as part of Tasmania’s Affordable Housing Strategy 2015-25.  All new homes must be accessible for people with disability based on the Minimum Standards for Social Housing.

Making on-line information more accessible

  • Upgrading more than 75 websites across government to meet international accessibility standards.
  • Training staff across government on how to create accessible websites and electronic documents.
  • Purchasing captioning software for the Department of Justice to caption all videos on their websites.
  • Providing AUSLAN videos of key emergency preparedness information on the TASALERT website.

Supporting people’s rights

  • Implementing a new Mental Health Act.
  • Developing a draft Disability Justice Plan with actions to address barriers to equality in Tasmania’s courts, tribunals and prisons.
  • Taking action to stop discrimination against people travelling with assistance animals.
  • Creating a new position to help stop women with disability experiencing family violence.

Improving personal support

  • Commencing the Self-Directed Funding program that allows people who receive disability support through an Individual Support Program or Community Access package, to use their funding in a flexible way that suits their needs.

Improving mental health services

  • Strengthening understanding of mental health issues; helping prevention and early intervention; improving care and support for people with mental illness; and improving the way that the parts of Tasmania's mental health system work together through Rethink Mental Health: A Long-Term Plan for Mental Health in Tasmania 2015-25.

Increasing opportunities to participate in sport and recreation

  • Providing pathways to international competition – four Tasmanian athletes competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and brought home two silver medals and one bronze medal.
  • Supporting the creation of the new sport of Wheelchair Aussie Rules by Physical disAbility Sports Tasmania.