Accessible Island is the third stage of a whole-of-government approach to ensure that all government departments implement socially just policies and practices for Tasmanians with disability. The first Disability Framework for Action (DFA) began in 2005 and was followed by the second DFA which began in 2013.

Accessible Island: Tasmania’s Disability Framework for Action 2018-2021 will continue to be based on a rights-based, social model of disability. This approach recognises that all Australian governments are bound to recognise the rights of people with disability as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It also acknowledges that many challenges faced by people with disability are not due to the functional limitations of individuals but rather, by the failure of society to meet their needs.

Accessible Island links to the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020, which outlines a 10-year national policy framework for improving the lives of Australians with disability, their families and carers. The National Disability Strategy aims to achieve:

  • inclusive and accessible communities;
  • rights, protection, justice and legislation;
  • economic security;
  • personal and community support;
  • learning and skills; and
  • health and wellbeing.

Through Accessible Island, the Government will lead the community by example with:

  • buildings that are accessible for visitors and employees;
  • accessible information and websites; and
  • accessible employment opportunities and support for employees with disability.

Implementing Accessible Island

Three principles will underpin the implementation of Accessible Island:

  • ensuring access to and inclusion for government services, infrastructure and communications;
  • collaboration and consultation – agencies will share expertise and collaborate in the planning and development of services, infrastructure and communications; and
  • improving employment outcomes in the State Service.

Each Government department will develop a Disability Action Plan to deliver Accessible Island. Disability Action Plans will be published on this website.

Once a year, Government departments will submit a progress report to the Premier’s Disability Advisory Council. Information about the Council, and its annual report to the Premier can be accessed here.

Accessible Island: Tasmania’s Disability Framework for Action 2018-2021


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Agency Disability Action Plans

Tasmanian Government Departments prepared Disability Action Plans for the second Disability Framework for Action 2013-17

New Disability Action Plans by Tasmanian Government Departments: