Disability services

What do we do?

Our role in relation to people with disabilities includes:

What benchmarks do we consider?

When we look at the conduct of disability services and the provision of support to people with disabilities, we consider relevant requirements, benchmarks and standards. These include the:

Our systemic work

We undertake a range of systemic activities, including projects, inquiries, and reviews, to examine major issues that affect people with disabilities.

We identify significant issues through a range of means, including our contact with people with disabilities, their families, representatives, and advocates; our handling of complaints, investigations, and reviews of deaths; contact with Official Community Visitors; and our monitoring of the delivery of disability services.

Our decisions as to which major issues we will examine through projects or other systemic work are informed by consideration of factors such as the vulnerability of the service receivers; whether any changes are underway or planned; whether others are looking at the issues; and whether there are alternative options for addressing the concerns.

We report on our systemic work in a number of ways, including our annual report; our biennial report on reviewable disability deaths; other public reports; and, where appropriate, special reports to Parliament.

We also undertake a range of other activities to address systemic issues and improve outcomes for people with disabilities, including:

  • submissions to Parliamentary and other inquiries into issues affecting people with disabilities (such as the Productivity Commission’s Disability Care and Support Inquiry)
  • provision of feedback to ADHC and other services on key disability plans, standards, and policies (such as the revised Complaints standard)
  • meetings with Disability Commissioners from across Australia to discuss critical issues and identify areas for joint action
  • meetings with relevant government and non-government agencies and services
  • Inquiry into behaviour intervention and support in schools - Our inquiry into behaviour management and support across NSW government and non-government schools has three main objectives:

    1.  Identification of best practice in NSW and other jurisdictions in relation to behaviour intervention and support in school settings.
    2.  Analysis of the adequacy of the policy and practice frameworks across NSW government and non-government school sectors in relation to the development, implementation, monitoring and review of evidence-based behaviour intervention and support.
    3.  Analysis of the adequacy of current complaint management and appeal arrangements across NSW government and non-government school settings in relation to behaviour intervention and support practices.

    Our inquiry will result in a public report by the end of June 2017. The report will be submitted to the Legislative Council GPSC No 3 Inquiry into the provision of education to students with a disability or special needs in government and non-government schools in NSW.

Training and workshops

We provide training courses and workshops that are specifically targeted at people with disabilities or disability services. We also provide training to services and public sector agencies to improve their disability awareness.