Tuesday, January 15, 2013

NSW Disability Services Act Review

The NSW Government is undertaking a review of the Disability Services Act. It's been 20 years since the Act came into place, and so there is a need for an update.

As part of the process the Goverment would like to hear from;
  • people with disability, their families and carers
  • service providers
  • advocates
  • peak disability and representative organisations
  • government departments, local government and community agencies.

They are interested in hearing from as many people and groups as possible and welcome all contributions. There are several ways you can contribute, through either a face to face consultation session or written feedback.

Consultation sessions have been arranged for both regional and metropolitan areas. Each session will run for 2.5 hours and include up to 40 participants:

Location Venue Date Time
Bankstown Bankstown Sports Club Mon 4 Feb 2013 10am - 12.30pm
Gosford Central Coast Leagues Club Mon 4 Feb 2013 10am - 12.30pm
Baulkham Hills Crowne Plaza Norwest, Baulkham Hills Tues 5 Feb 2013 10am - 12.30pm
Coffs Harbour C.ex Coffs Tues 5 Feb 2013 10am - 12.30pm
Orange Ibis Styles Orange (formerly Country Comfort Orange) Wed 6 Feb 2013 10am - 12.30pm
Albury Commercial Club, Albury Thurs 7 Feb 2013 10am - 12.30pm
Wagga Wagga Ibis Styles Pavilion Hotel (formerly All Seasons), Wagga Wagga Fri 8 Feb 2013 10am - 12.30pm
Armidale Armidale Ex-services Memorial Club Fri 8 Feb 2013 10am - 12.30pm
Moruya Moruya Golf Club Mon 11 Feb 2013 10am - 12.30pm
Goulburn Goulburn Soldiers Club Tues 12 Feb 2013 10am - 12.30pm
Wollongong City Diggers Thurs 14 Feb 2013 10am - 12.30pm

The issues paper, ‘Reforming NSW disability support – the fundamental legislative issues’ (available online mid January 2013) will form the basis of the consultation sessions.

Registration of your details is essential.

You can register to attend a consultation session, by providing your details via:


Written submission

You are invited to write to express your views on the issues paper and/or the companion discussion paper, ‘Reforming NSW disability support - legislative structure and content’ (available online mid January 2013), which provides a more detailed examination on the structure, content and particular elements that may be included within new disability legislation.

The closing date for all written feedback is 5:00pm Monday 18 February 2013.

Email dsareview@facs.nsw.gov.au

The Disability Services Act Review Team
Ageing, Disability and Home Care
Department of Family and Community Services
Level 5, 83 Clarence Street


  • Issues Paper: Reforming NSW disability support – the fundamental legislative issues (available online from mid January 2013)
  • Discussion Paper: Reforming NSW disability support - legislative structure and content (available online from mid January 2013)
  • New disability laws for NSW - Easy English fact sheet (PDF)

If you need further information about the reform process for development of new disability legislation you can email dsareview@facs.nsw.gov.au or phone 1800 446 470.