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Disability Services – Disability Action Plans

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Tags: Disability

Ms O'CONNOR - Thank you, Chair. Minister, do you know why the Premier's Disability Advisory Council hasn't produced a report on progress on agency disability action plans for the year 2020-21? This is actually a standard part of the advisory council's work. While you're looking for the information, because we are running out of time and I am happy to put this on notice - what is the Government doing to ensure that progress towards an accessible justice system in Tasmania is achieved through the Disability Justice Plan 2017 2020, and that the work is maintained and further work continues?

Ms PALMER - Are you putting that question on notice?

Ms O'CONNOR - I'm offering to put it on notice, because we're running out of time.

Ms PALMER - I'll refer that question to the director.

Ms O'CONNOR - Thank you.

Ms GANLEY - In terms of the reports that agencies provide through to PDAC, that has been occurring and a report will be developed. There is also work occurring around the next version of Accessible Island and some initial consultation and scoping about that.

The exact release of a report we will need to take away.

Ms O'CONNOR - Just so we have some clarity. Is there a reason that the progress on agency action plans work hasn't been done? And was is the time frame on the delivery of those reports - because that's a really important part of Government changing its practices and its processes in order to be more accessible and inclusive. Through you minister?

Ms GANLEY - The only reason I'm pausing is it sits in a slightly different part of the agency.

Ms O'CONNOR - I understand, yes.

Ms GANLEY - It definitely has been occurring. Departments have been presenting to the Premier's Disability Advisory Council. I'm aware of that process, having participated as the Department of Communities Tasmania, so I can endeavour to find out and we can get back around the timelines.

Ms O'CONNOR - Minister are you okay now that we've run over time if I put those two questions on notice, which are sort of procedural questions that I just asked, just so Ms Ganley can come back at some point and then the second question about disability justice plans can be answered as well?

Ms PALMER - Ms O'Connor, happy to take -

Ms GANLEY - Sorry, can I just interrupt. I've just found that the agency reports are currently with PDAC membership for review, so once the PDAC has reviewed it then they'll be released.

Ms O'CONNOR - Great and the second part I can put on notice?

Ms PALMER - No; your second question that referred to Justice, I am advised is a DPAC matter.

Ms O'CONNOR - Okay.