Accessible Island is the third stage of a whole-of-government approach to ensure that all government agencies implement socially just policies and practices for Tasmanians with disability. The first 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 CRPD. It also acknowledges that the social exclusion of people with disability is not due to the functional limitations of individuals but the failure of society to meet the needs of people with disability.
Both the DFA 2013-2017 and Accessible Island link to the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 (NDS), which outlines a ten-year national policy framework for improving the lives of Australians with disability, their families and carers. The NDS identifies six outcome areas:
- Inclusive and accessible communities;
- Rights protection, justice and legislation;
- Economic security;
- Personal and community support;
- Learning and skills; and
- Health and wellbeing.
More information on the outcome areas is provided at Appendix 1.
All Australian states and territories have agreed to develop implementation plans for the NDS. The DFA 2013-2017 has been Tasmania’s implementation plan. Accessible Island will replace the second DFA as Tasmania’s implementation plan for the NDS. The actions align to the outcome areas listed in the NDS.
The linkages between the CRPD, the NDS and the DFA are illustrated in Figure 1.
Figure 1 – Accessible Island in context
- Heads of Agencies meeting
- Agency Annual Reports on their Action Plans
- Reporting on the Disability Justice Plan for Tasmania 2017-2020 (commencing in 2018)
- PDAC’s annual report to Cabinet
- Tasmanian Government reports to COAG every two years
- Australia’s report to the United Nations
- PDAC’s feedback to agencies