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In accordance with the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 and our duty to give effect to the objects and principles of the Act and the State Disability Inclusion Plan, the following principles will be observed in the planning, administration and implementation of this Plan.

The Department recognises and will, so far as we are able through the planning, administration and delivery of our core business, contribute to the full realisation of the following principles for people living with disability:

  • Fundamental human rights, responsibilities and right to autonomy.
  • Respect for individual worth and dignity.
  • Participation in and contribute to social and economic life.
  • The right to realise physical, social, sexual, reproductive, emotional and intellectual capacities.
  • The right to make decisions that affect their lives, including decisions involving risk.
  • Assistance and support in decision-making over substituted decision-making.
  • Appropriate access to information to enable informed choice.
  • Respect for cultural or linguistic diversity, age, gender, sexual orientation and religious beliefs.
  • Rights to privacy and confidentiality.
  • The right to live free from neglect, abuse and exploitation.
  • Rights to pursue complaints and access justice.
  • Acknowledgement and respect of the crucial role of families, carers and other significant persons, and the importance of preserving relationships.
  • Freedom to association and support where necessary to engage in family, social and friendship activities.
  • Acknowledgement and respect of the needs and rights of children with disability as they develop.
  • Acknowledgement and respect of the changing abilities, strengths, goals and needs of people with disability.

Additionally, the Department acknowledges, and through this Plan will strive to give consideration to and accommodate where relevant, the additional, composite and specific needs of:

  • women with disability;
  • children with disability;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability; and
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with disability.

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