Disability plan for next decade unveiled

People with disability must have the same opportunities as other Australians, Anne Ruston says.
People with disability must have the same opportunities as other Australians, Anne Ruston says.

Targeted action plans providing more tailored support will form the centrepiece of the government's new plan to help people with a disability.

Launched on the international day of people with a disability, the $250 million scheme spans the next decade and for the first time explicitly includes a targeted early childhood plan.

Australia's peak child advocacy body welcomed the prioritisation of children in the new strategy.

Reimagine Australia CEO Yvonne Keane told AAP the government needed to do everything it could to ensure children with disabilities received support as early as possible.

"If we are not doing everything we can to help in their early years then we are not investing in the future because that is when children gain the biggest uplift in their potential," she said.

"It is not about words like 'outcome', it is about real lives and changing the lives of these families."

Ms Keane said the current system needed to be streamlined with overlapping services overwhelming and breaking families who find it hard to navigate.

The government also launched its disability employment strategy to improve the chances of people with a disability getting a job.

Families and Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said the Employ My Ability plan would give Australians who have a disability a greater sense of independence and confidence.

"People with disability deserve to have the same opportunities as all other Australians," Senator Ruston said.

"Our focus must be on the ability and capability of each and every person so that people with disability can contribute and thrive in the classroom, workplace and community."

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Ben Gauntlett will chair the strategy's advisory council which will support its implementation.

Australian Associated Press