Current Consultations

National Disability Strategy Submission

QDN Member Consultation

There is currently a second stage review of the National Disability Strategy, which is the policy that guides all levels of government, business and community on how to implement the aspirations of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability in Australia.  

QDN members have an opportunity to shape the new Strategy. It is important that we have a say. This Strategy affects all people with disability, families and communities as it governs support for accessible mainstream services, universal design, positive community attitudes towards disability and how governments maintain accountability and reporting of the outcomes of the Strategy.

To make a strong submission on behalf of members, QDN would like to hear from members. There are a number of ways to give your input into QDN’s formal submission. This includes a Zoom focus group and a short survey. You can also make your own submission to the Department of Social Services, and we outline how to do this below.

All submissions are due by 31 October 2020, 5pm.

The purpose of the member consultations is to get your thoughts on the key submission questions found in the National Disability Strategy Position Paper .

Summary of the Position Paper

The National Disability Strategy 2010 – 2020 committed all governments to a unified, national approach for the last ten years, with the vision of ‘an inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens’. It was the first strategy of its kind in Australia. The position paper describes general support for the vision and six outcome areas from previous consultation and asks for us to comment on whether these are the right focus areas going forwards.

The outcome areas are:

  • work, money and housing
  • taking part in the community
  • our rights for fair treatment and safety
  • getting support
  • learning and skills
  • health and wellbeing

The position paper also asks about guiding principles, a new focus on community attitudes, roles and responsibilities of government, how governments should report on actions and outcomes, and what kind of actions need to be taken in the next ten years. 

QDN Consultation Details

QDN invites you to tell us what you think. There are two ways you can do this

  1. You can click here to take our short survey
  2. You can click here to register to attend our focus group

The focus group is on Friday 23 October, 10:30am – 12noon

There are limited numbers for this zoom session, so please register your place early.

How to Make a Submission

Information on how you can make your own submission on the National Disability Strategy review is found on the Make a Submission page of the DSS website.

Submissions are accepted via online guided questionnaire, in writing via email, and by post, telephone, audio recording, and video. The position paper and guided questions are also available in Easy Read.

To upload audio or video, please email for the submissions share link. It is best to upload these media from a desktop computer rather than a smart device. One link is provided per submission.

The postal address for submissions is:

National Disability Strategy Governance and Engagement Section

GPO Box 9820 Department of Social Services Canberra, ACT 2601

For enquiries or to arrange a telephone submission appointment, call 1800 334 505 (the phone will be answered Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm, outside of these hours please leave a message)

TTY: Phone 1800 555 677 and ask for 1800 334 505

For further details, to email your submission, or to get the share link to upload an audio or video submission, you can email

QDN Contact

If you have any questions, please call QDN on 1300 363 783 or email QDN project officer Sarah Houbolt on



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