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Social Inclusion Disability Reform: Activating Citizenship

Tuesday 3 August 2010

Social Inclusion InitiativeFrom the Social Inclusion Initiative:


Monsignor David Cappo Commissioner for Social Inclusion

Friday, 30 July 2010


The Social Inclusion Board is now seeking the views of all South Australians to inform the development of its Blueprint for disability reform.

The Commissioner for Social Inclusion, Monsignor David Cappo says that the views of all South Australians are important as our current approach is not sustainable.

“Many people are struggling to receive an appropriate service, leaving some families in desperate need. This is despite the best efforts of staff working within the system and recent increases in funding.”

“People with disability, families and carers have told me that things can’t go on as they currently are. We are now taking an important step towards long-term change.”

Monsignor Cappo said that the final blueprint for disability reform will have a big impact on the way the system responds to the needs of people with disability, their families and carers.

“These reforms will be promoting choice, inclusion, and participation and will seek to address a range of issues including the delivery of services, legislation, education, health, employment and accessibility.”

“We will be looking at the roles of government and the community sector in delivering services. We will explore further the question of individualised funding. We will seek joined-up approaches in the way systems respond.”

Monsignor Cappo said that the views of people with disability, families and carers are a critical part of developing a reform plan.

“It is very important that the Board hears the ideas, innovations and solutions from people with disability, families and carers, as well as people who work in the sector and other community members.”

Monsignor Cappo says that the reforms will look at more than just the need for additional resources.

“More money is important - there is no doubt about that. But more money will not change the way the system works and will not address the long-term challenges of an ageing population.”

The Social Inclusion Board has released a discussion paper, Activating Citizenship: a Social Inclusion Approach for disability in South Australia, which outlines the scope of the reforms and asks a series of questions of the public.

Feedback can also be given to the Board via an online survey. Phone submissions are also being received via the Disability Information Resource Centre (1300 305 558).

To provide direct feedback to the Board members, the Social Inclusion Board will be conducting a series of community meetings across South Australia during August and September.

Monsignor Cappo acknowledged that other disability reforms are underway at state and Commonwealth levels.

“There are positive things happening at both national and state level around disability reform. We are not repeating the work of these other important reforms – we will be building on them.”

Submissions to the Board will close on Monday, 27 September 2010. The final Blueprint for reform will be released in mid-2011.

To access the discussion paper or online survey, visit the Social Inclusion website (

The above originally appeared as a PDF file, "Activating Citizenship" (PDF, 66KB), on the Social Inclusion Initiative website's Disability page.

Also on the Disability page is the following:





Please note that phone submissions are primarily available for those who cannot provide a written submission or attend a community meeting. Phone submissions will be based on the questions in the Discussion Paper.

Calls can be taken by the Disability Information Resource Centre (DIRC) during; Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

You can answer as many questions as you would like. If the lines are busy please leave your details and DIRC will call you back. The numbers to call to make a submission over the phone are:

    Metropolitan callers (08) 8236 0555

    Regional callers 1300 305 558

    TTY users 133 677 - then ask for - 1300 305 558

    Speak and Listen (speech-to-speech) 1300 555 727 - then ask for 1300 305 558


The Social Inclusion Board has been asked by the Premier and the Minister for Disability to develop a blueprint for the long-term reform of the way we support people with a disability in South Australia. Click here to read the news release.



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