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There are links, of course, with national reforms. The strategic priorities embodied in Future directions: towards challenge 2014 put the ACT at the forefront of contemporary disability practice in line with the significant reforms being pursued nationally. All Australian jurisdictions have committed through the national disability agreement to place people with disability and their families and carers at the centre of services across Australia. The objective is that people with disability and their carers have an enhanced quality of life and participate as valued members of the community.

“How will it work?” I hear you ask loudly. I can assure members that the new framework is a plan of action. The six strategic priorities are clear, bold, plain English statements about what people with disability want from their government and their community. The strategic governance group will have a leadership role in ensuring that the outcomes envisaged by the framework are achieved over the next five years.

Each strategic priority has a number of identified measures of success that will assist in telling us if we are making a difference in the lives of people with disability in the ACT. The strategic governance group will provide an annual report on how the framework is being delivered. The ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services has responsibility for implementing the framework. This will be done in collaboration with individuals and their families and carers, stakeholders, service providers, other ACT government agencies and the community.

A 12-month implementation plan has been developed to focus initial action across government. A further implementation plan for 2010-14 will be developed in consultation with individuals, families and community and government stakeholders by September 2010. I am heartened that so many community members expressed an interest through the consultations to be part of the development of this implementation plan. We are aiming high with the policy framework. It sets ambitious but achievable goals. At the end of the day, we want to know whether our efforts have been effective at enhancing outcomes and opportunities for all people with disability in the ACT.

In closing, I again emphasise the significant achievements that Future directions has delivered for people with disability. Yet we need to continue to strive to realise the vision expressed so eloquently by people with disability back in 2002. I commend Future directions: towards challenge 2014 to the Assembly.


Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—

Betting (ACTTAB Limited) Act—Betting (ACTTAB Limited) Rules of Betting Determination 2009 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2009-194 (LR, 27 August 2009).

Canberra Institute of Technology Act—Canberra Institute of Technology (Fees) Determination 2009—Disallowable Instrument DI2009-195 (LR, 31 August 2009).

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