Accessible Island is Tasmania’s third Disability Framework for Action (DFA). During the four-year life of this Framework, we will see the completion of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout. By July 2019, it is estimated that 10,600 Tasmanians will be NDIS participants. However, Accessible Island: Tasmania’s Disability Framework for Action 2018-2021 will continue to play a critical role in guiding the Tasmanian Government’s work for all Tasmanians with disability.

I want the Tasmanian Government to lead the community by example by having buildings that are accessible for visitors and employees; providing accessible information and websites; providing greater employment opportunities and supporting employees in the workplace; and collaborating with local government, business and the not-for-profit sector to share our experience and identify new opportunities.

The Premier’s Disability Advisory Council (PDAC) was established in 2008. For a decade, PDAC has provided guidance and leadership to the Government on a wide range of issues. As well as meeting regularly and bringing community issues to the table, PDAC plays a critical role behind the scenes. Each year PDAC assists with monitoring the Disability Action Plan reports prepared by agencies and provides its report to Cabinet. This report not only acknowledges the areas where progress has been made, but also identifies areas where there are gaps.

In addition, PDAC meets regularly with Tasmanian Government Heads of Agencies to discuss the work being undertaken in their agencies and to bring emerging issues to their attention. PDAC has used its role very effectively to keep agencies accountable. I want to take this opportunity to thank the PDAC members, past and present, and in particular the Community Chairs – Mr Bernard Knight, Mr Nick Baily, Mr James Newton and Ms Donna Bain – for their invaluable contribution over this time.

Will Hodgman MP

Premier

Chair of the Premier’s Disability Advisory Council

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