Will Labor commit to implementing the recommendations of the Disability Royal Commission?

Today in Parliament, Abigail gave notice of a motion calling on the NSW Government to work with the Council for Intellectual Disability NSW in implementing key asks based on the recommendations of the Disability Royal Commission, specifically those that directly impact the lives of people with intellectual disability.

Abigail said:

I give notice that on the next sitting day I will move: 

(1) That this House notes that Council for Intellectual Disability NSW has called on the NSW Government to implement the following key asks, following the final report and recommendations of the Disability Royal Commission:

  • by 2025, pass a robust Disability Rights Act;
  • support the development of a national information and communications plan that ensures all information relevant to people with intellectual disability must be in Easy Read, easy to find and easy to use;
  • in 2024, replace the Guardianship Act with a Supported and Representative Decision Making Act and a comprehensive supported decision making framework;
  • by 2026, expand NSW Health’s network of intellectual disability health teams to provide statewide coverage and include a focus on periodic review of people with very complex health needs;
  • by 2026, make sure that 1% of jobs in the public sector and in government contractors are held by people with intellectual disability;
  • increase the supply of social housing for people with intellectual disability and ensure the new Homes NSW processes are accessible for people with intellectual disability; 
  • by 2026, extend the cognitive disability court diversion program operated by the Justice Advocacy Service statewide;
  • In 2024, develop and implement a five-year strategy to achieve a marked increase in the number of students with intellectual disability learning alongside their peers without disability; and 
  • by 2025, legislate to minimise the use of restrictive practices in all settings. 

(2) That this House calls on the NSW Government to commit to work with the Council for Intellectual Disability NSW to meet their key asks, to improve the lives of people with intellectual disability in our state.

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