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Legislation to usher in a new era of inclusion for Tasmanians with disabilities

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Tasmanian community members are invited to have their say about the new Disability Inclusion Bill 2023 which the Rockliff Liberal Government has designed to keep Tasmanians safe and to provide more inclusion for people with disabilities.

Minister for Disability Services, Jo Palmer, said the new disability legislation will drive inclusion for all Tasmanians through a commitment to planning and consultation, and by taking action on national and international commitments.

“It is essential that Tasmania has legislation that reflects the contemporary best practice in the regulation, reduction and elimination of restrictive practices when they are used with people with disability,” Minister Palmer said.

“The draft Disability Inclusion Bill 2023 is a significant step forward to building a more inclusive Tasmania.

“It will create the role of the Disability Inclusion Commissioner, who will be independent from Government and will act as a separate voice to respond to issues that concern Tasmanians with disability.”

Minister Palmer said the draft Disability Inclusion Bill was developed following lengthy consultations in 2021 and 2022, where people with disability, carers and advocates provided valuable feedback.

The draft Disability Inclusion Bill is now available, with face-to-face and online consultation sessions to be held over the next month. Submissions are now invited on the draft Bill, with consultation closing at 5pm on Monday 18 September 2023.

For more information and to download the consultation draft documents visit https://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/major_policies

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