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MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for the Arts) (12.06): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the Minister for Disability’s recent statement to the Assembly concerning the development of the ACT Disability Inclusion Statement;

(b) the ACT’s record of achieving positive outcomes for people with a disability;

(c) the commitment of the ACT government to implementing the National Disability Strategy;

(d) that the ACT Disability Inclusion Statement will foster a united movement of people with disability, families, government, community and business to work towards a more inclusive and equal society;

(e) the five priority areas for development for the statement, namely, housing, employment, justice, accessible communities and improving health; and

(f) the ongoing commitment for the ACT government to ensuring people with disabilities and their families can achieve to their full potential; and

(2) calls on the ACT government to continue to:

(a) work with people with disabilities, their families and carers as well as businesses and the community sector in developing the ACT Disability Inclusion Statement; and

(b) provide further updates to the Assembly on the continued development of the Statement and again on its release

The ACT government has a strong record of improving outcomes for people with a disability, their families and carers. Through our five-year strategic policy framework, Future directions: towards challenge 2014, we implemented the national disability strategy 2010-20. The ACT government has worked in collaboration with the business, sports, arts and community sectors towards a shared vision where all people with a disability achieve what they want to achieve, live how they choose to live and are valued as full and equal members of our community.

We have signed up to the national disability insurance scheme and created more opportunities for people with a disability to exercise more choice and control in their lives. Through the future directions policy we have implemented innovative models of housing such as homeshare and intentional communities. Homeshare is a way of

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