Overview

A new office of disability will be established by January 2021. People with disability, their families and carers, the disability sector, agencies and interested parties have been invited to help determine its role and functions.

The Department of Communities (Communities) will lead 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

The engagement process has now closed. We thank all participants for their valuable time and feedback.

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.

An internal working group and an external reference group will be established to help guide the creation of an office and offer advice, opinion and input. The project team are working in partnership with these groups to establish an office of disability.

If you would like to stay up to date with the process of the establishment of an office of disability, please email disability@communities.wa.gov.au to request project updates.

Resources

Stay in touch via social media

Please visit the Department of Communities on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter to share opportunities and stay connected to the process. Updates to the establishment of an office of disability will be posted to this website and through our social media platforms.

The next phase will include  thematic analysis of feedback received from staff and stakeholders. Analysis of this feedback is to assist in developing a name, and identification of the role and functions of an office.

Contact us

Any queries about the process can be provided via email to disability@communities.wa.gov.au.