Tasmanian Disability Services Act 2011 Review

The independent Review of the Disability Services Act 2011 was tabled in Parliament on the 5 July 2018.

The Government is committed to supporting people with disability and their carers, and has invested and extra $900 million over the next four years for disability services and support, which includes $878.7 million to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The independent review is a requirement under the Disability Services Act 2011 and was undertaken following extensive consultation throughout Tasmania.

The review was governed by an independent Review Committee with wide representation and focussed on the Act’s operational effectiveness since implementation. The review also considered issues which arose as a result of the Tasmanian Bilateral Agreement for transition to the NDIS.

The independent review also considered how well the Act has delivered, or not delivered, benefits to people living with disability.

The report of the Review Committee has outlined 19 recommendations identified under 14 key themes some of which are for immediate consideration while others are to be considered following the full roll out of the NDIS in Tasmania.

The Government will now consider the recommendations and report back to Parliament within the next six months.

Report of the Review Committee - 29 June 2018 - Accessible Version

Report of the Review Committee - 29 June 2018 - Printable Version

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A review of the Disability Services Act 2011 (the Act) has been 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 wanted 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 was followed by a more comprehensive assessment of the Act once the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is fully implemented in Tasmania in 2019.

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