Tasmanian Disability Services Act 2011 Review

A review of the Disability Services Act 2011 (the Act) is currently being undertaken by an independent consultant under the auspices of a Review Committee. Membership of the Review Committee is listed below and its Terms of Reference are available here

The Act began operating on 1 January 2012. It describes how specialist support services funded by the Tasmanian Government are provided to people with disability in Tasmania. A copy of the Act is available on the Tasmanian Legislation website

Information about the Act and further supporting information are also available on the DHHS Tasmanian Disability Services Act 2011 webpage

More information about the review is available in the Scoping Paper

The Review Committee wants to understand how satisfied you are that the Act:

  • promotes the needs and best interests of people with disability, considers individual wishes in decision-making, and respects their dignity and autonomy
  • provides coordinated, quality, safe services through disability services providers or individual plans
  • protects the safety and wellbeing of people with disability, including authorising and monitoring the use of restrictive interventions
  • provides for transparent and accountable reporting
  • supports the transition to the NDIS
  • operates effectively with other Tasmanian legislation
  • meets your expectations overall.

This review will be followed by a more comprehensive assessment of the Act once the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is fully implemented in Tasmania in 2019.

You can participate in the review by providing a written submission or completing the online survey, or you can attend a forum in Devonport, Launceston or Hobart.

Review Committee Membership and Terms of Reference

Barbara Hingston Health, Mental Health and Social Services
Donna Bain Self Help Workplace
Karen Renetzeder Department of Justice
Jane Wardlaw Wardlaw & Brown Consulting
Jenny Dixon Speak Out
Natasha Street Minister’s Disability Advisory Committee
Ingrid Ganley Disability and Community Services
Charley Hodgson Disability and Community Services
Bruce Paterson Legislative Review and Legal Support (DHHS)

Read the Terms of Reference for the Review Committee