Defining a 10-year Vision

Consultation ran from December 2018 to February 2019 in the form of an online survey. 362 responses were received to help define a vision for the 10-year State Disability Strategy. Of these, 92 responses were received from people with disability and 92 responses were received from family members of those with disability. Survey responses were also received from carers, disability service organisations, state government employees and local government employees.

The top 10 words used to describe the desired community in 10 years were: inclusive, accepting, safe, welcoming, vibrant, accessible, friendly, connected, better and diverse.

Download the Consultation Analysis - Defining a vision (Word, 1.2MB).

Exploring our Community

The aim of Exploring our Community was to prioritise the values of the State Disability Strategy and identify attitudes and behaviours desired for our community.

Consultations to Explore our Community took place between February and April 2019 with 28 face-to-face workshops across Perth and regional Western Australia. The workshops were supported by an online survey and conversations kits that were available for groups.

The workshops were open to all Western Australians. 15% of participants were living with a disability, 14% were carers, 16% were families of a person with a disability, 26% worked in the sector, 14% worked for a government department, 5% had a general interest in the State Disability Strategy and 10% were unknown. In summary:

  • more than 550 people participated with over 500 people attending face-to-face workshops
  • 93% of participants were very satisfied/satisfied that the workshop was worthwhile
  • 97% of participants were very satisfied/satisfied that they felt included and involved during the workshop
  • 93% of participants were very satisfied/satisfied that their views were captured
  • 98% of participants were very satisfied/satisfied that they were given opportunity to participate and contribute.

Throughout each workshop, participants were asked to mark three values that were most important to them. The three key values that consistently upheld the most votes were respect, inclusiveness and opportunity.

People were also asked what attitudes and behaviours people wanted to see more of. The highest responses included: inclusion, opportunity, awareness, accountability and recognition. Attitudes and behaviours the community wanted to see less of included: discrimination, ignorance, barriers, bullying, disrespect and lack of accountability.

Attendees were also asked what they would like to see included in the State Disability Strategy. More than 1,600 ideas were captured, to assist in the next stage Building a 10-year Strategy.

Building a 10-year Strategy

The process of Building a 10-year Strategy is currently underway and includes an approach of co-design where people with disability are at the centre of the process.

Communities has partnered with People with disabilities WA (PWdWA) to establish the co-design group (a group of people with different disabilities) that is helping to shape the final Strategy.

Information gained through Exploring our Community has been considered by the co-design group.

Using a Whole-of-Government Outcomes Framework, all 1600 ideas from Exploring our Community were placed against an outcome area of either: Connected, Safe, Empowered, Equipped, Stable or Healthy.

The group considered themes emerging from the ideas and identified priority areas of housing, health, rights and justice, transport, support services, employment, education, and place-based (local community).

Additional consultation took place between August and September 2019 to explore how to create positive change in each of these areas. Consultation included:

  • workshops and an online survey around the priority areas, targeting government agencies, advocacy groups, the disability sector and service providers, business and private sector
  • a community drop-in session and online survey around what the outcome areas mean for individuals
  • videoconference workshop with people in regional locations
  • conversations, focus groups and yarns with harder-to-reach people. Groups targeted include people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, people of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, people with complex needs and their families, people with disability who are also homeless, and people living in remote areas of Western Australia.

All information gathered through this phase will help with Building a 10-year Strategy.

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