Appendix 1: Full list of submissions and contributors

We received 60 submissions from disabled people’s organisations, peak bodies, service providers and individuals. The following organisations submitted written responses to inform development of the plan:

  • Action for More Independence and Dignity in Accommodation
  • Amaze
  • AMES Australia
  • Assistive Technology for All
  • Association for Children with Disability
  • Attitude Foundation
  • Blind Citizens Australia
  • Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Carers Victoria
  • Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health
  • Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
  • Centre for Innovative Justice
  • Changing Places Australia
  • Children and Young People with Disability Australia
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • City of Hume
  • City of Moonee Valley
  • City of Stonnington
  • City of Whitehorse
  • City of Whittlesea
  • City of Yarra
  • Dementia Australia
  • Disability Resources Centre
  • Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
  • Domestic Violence Victoria
  • Down Syndrome Victoria
  • Gippsland Disability Advocacy
  • Haven, Home, Safe
  • Heart of Compassion Disability Services
  • I CAN Network
  • Injured Workers Support Network
  • Jesuit Social Services
  • Latrobe Health Advocate
  • Limbs 4 Life
  • Monash Health
  • National Disability Services
  • Noah’s Ark Inc
  • Office of the Public Advocate
  • People with MS Victoria
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • Scope
  • Spiritual Health Association
  • STAR Victoria
  • Surf Coast Shire Council
  • Transport Accident Commission
  • Travellers Aid
  • Uniting Vic.Tas
  • Victoria ALIVE
  • Victorian Advocacy League for People with Disability
  • Victorian Children’s Council
  • Victorian Council of Social Service
  • Victorian Disability Worker Commission
  • Victorian Electoral Commission
  • Victorian Healthcare Association
  • Victoria Legal Aid
  • Victorian Refugee Health Network
  • Victorian Trades Hall
  • Vision Australia
  • Volunteering Victoria
  • Women with Disabilities Victoria

We held targeted meetings with the following organisations:

  • Amaze
  • Arts Access Victoria
  • Association for Children with Disability
  • Attitude Foundation
  • Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
  • Centre for Innovative Justice
  • Council of the Aged
  • Deaf Victoria
  • Department of Social Services
  • Disability Advocacy Resource Unit
  • Disability Services Commissioner
  • Down Syndrome Victoria
  • Drummond Street Services
  • Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV)
  • First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN)
  • Fitzroy Legal Centre
  • Migrant Resource Centre
  • Municipal Association of Victoria
  • National Disability Insurance Agency
  • National Disability Services
  • Office of the Public Advocate
  • Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU)
  • STAR
  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALID)
  • Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
  • Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council
  • Women with Disabilities Victoria
  • Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS)
  • Young People in Nursing Homes Alliance

Engagement with people from diverse communities

We asked ECCV, FPDN, SARU, VALID and YDAS to undertake targeted engagement with people with disability from underserviced groups. In total, 176 people took part in workshops and one-on-one interviews between April and June 2021.

FPDN hosted two workshops in Ballarat and Horsham with 53 people from Aboriginal communities. They also undertook another 11 individual interviews.

An independent consultant was engaged to consult with LGBTIQ+ communities. They held two consultation workshops with a total of 25 LGBTIQ+ Victorians with disability. Feedback from these workshops will also help inform the Victorian Government’s LGBTIQ+ strategy.

YDAS ran one online and one in-person workshop. Young people with disability co-designed and ran these workshops. Nine young people were selected to take part. They represented a range of disability types and ethnicities, gender identities and sexualities, and came from a number of places across Victoria.

ECCV held five workshops with 31 participants including people with disability and their families from regional and metropolitan areas.

VALID spoke with people with disability living in closed settings including disability residential services (group homes) and supported residential services. Seventeen people with disability and four family members took part.

We engaged SARU to consult with Victorian self advocacy groups for people with acquired brain injury, intellectual disability and complex communication needs. Workshops were attended by 30 self advocates representing the following groups:

  • Brain Injury Matters
  • Deafblind Victoria
  • New Wave Leongatha
  • New Wave Wonthaggi
  • Positive Powerful Parents
  • Power in Culture and Ethnicity
  • Rainbow Rights
  • Reinforce Self Advocacy
  • United Brains
  • Voices for Change

Beyond representing the needs of people with disability, a number of these self advocacy groups specialise in representing the needs of parents with disability, people with disability in the justice system, LGBTIQ+ people with disability and people with disability from multicultural communities.