Community consultation

The Northern Territory (NT) Government started on the journey to develop the Territory’s first disability strategy in early 2021.

The Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities (the department) developed a draft strategy and began consultation with key stakeholders in July 2021.

The draft strategy was tested and refined through extensive consultation.

Online and face to face consultation occurred between October and November 2021 with various working groups and people with lived experience of disability.

Written submissions and survey responses were received from the public up until December 2021.

Over 6 months, more than 300 people contributed their feedback and ideas to the strategy including:

  • people with disability, their families and carers
  • community members
  • mainstream services
  • disability service providers
  • government stakeholders
  • other members of the public.

Feedback and ideas were gathered from the public including from:

  • 146 community stakeholders from Tennant Creek, Amoonguna and Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine, Tiwi, Nhulunbuy
    • through Darwin Community Legal Services (DCLS) and Disability Advocacy Services (DAS)
  • 55 public survey responses through the Have Your Say webpage
  • 29 public submissions through the Have Your Say webpage

Four working groups were established to support engagement with key stakeholders and to help develop the strategy:

  • working group 1: people with lived experience of disability and advocates
  • working group 2: NT Government and statutory offices
  • working group 3: mainstream services
  • working group 4: NDIA and specialist disability providers

Stakeholders described the change they wanted to see over the next 10 years and developed ideas to make this change happen.

“People with disability need to lead the change.”

“A good life is about choice – without choice there is no control.”

“There needs to be greater fairness and justice in the distribution of resources and services in remote Australia.”

“We need a more inclusive society… this means not just allowing people with disability to join in, but really changing things so people can fully participate.”

“We know what is best for us.”

– Consultation participants

Last updated: 29 September 2022

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