An office of disability

A new office of disability will be established by the Department of Communities. People with disability, their families and carers, the disability sector, agencies and interested parties have been invited to help determine its role and functions.

Overview

Communities is leading the establishment of the new disability office, which aims to:

  • provide strategic leadership, advice and advocacy to influence government and the Western Australian community to transform and enable disability services reform
  • have an outward focus to build an inclusive Western Australia and to grow and strengthen the disability sector and workforce
  • promote a more inclusive and equitable WA, where people with disability are enabled to participate fully in their community
  • reinforce the State Government’s ongoing commitment to deliver better outcomes for people with disability.

Establishment of an office within Communities is a key priority for the agency, which is seeking to improve service responses and ensure that people with disability have their voices heard and their needs addressed.

The WA disability landscape is changing rapidly and there is a need for the State Government to adapt to continue its proud history of fostering positive outcomes for the 411,500 people living with disability across the State.

Community engagement report

Between 15 July and 10 September 2020, a total of 59 engagement sessions were held throughout the State. In addition to sessions held in the Perth metropolitan area, engagement sessions were also held in the Goldfields, Mid-West, South-West, Great Southern, Pilbara and Kimberley regions.

The engagement process provided a unique opportunity for people with disability, their families, carers, disability support organisations and the broader community to share their views about what is needed to improve outcomes for people with disability, their families and carers.

We are pleased to now share the report which details what we heard from the community engagement sessions. The next stage is to develop the structure of the office to deliver upon the report findings. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

Page reviewed 2 July 2021