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Overview of the plan's vision, principles and intended outcomes


An inclusive Victoria where autistic people enjoy lives with real opportunities for choice, participation and contribution within our community.

Guiding principles

Our guiding principles for this plan are drawn from Absolutely everyone: state disability plan 2017–2020:

Autonomy: Autonomy is about having the capacity and support to make your own decisions. It is the freedom to decide your own beliefs and relationships.

Opportunity: Opportunity is about having the means to control and improve your circumstances through access to education, employment and positions of leadership and influence.

Human rights: The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act protects a range of human rights, respecting the rule of law, human dignity, equality and freedom.

Diversity: Human rights belong to all people without discrimination, and the diversity of the people of Victoria enhances our community.

Accountability: We have developed this plan as a framework for delivering actions that contribute to intended outcomes. We expect autistic people and their communities to hold us to account over the life of this plan.


The primary purpose of the Victorian autism plan is to drive outcomes that autistic people and their families want to see in their daily lives.

To help achieve this, we have included an outcomes framework. An outcomes framework is a tool that helps articulate:

  • the actions that are most likely to produce that change
  • the change we want to see
  • the systems that will help us measure that change.

The outcomes framework used in this plan was introduced in Absolutely everyone.

Domains Outcomes
Inclusive communities
  • Connection – people with disability are active participants in communities aligned with their interests and identities
  • Inclusion – Victoria's communities and places are welcoming and inclusive for people with disability
  • Accessibility – the built and natural environment is accessible to Victorians with disability
  • Mobility – people with disability are able to move around and get to the places they want to go
Health, housing and wellbeing
  • Health – people with disability achieve their optimal mental and physical health
  • Housing – people with disability have housing choices that are flexible, suitable, affordable and accessible
  • Wellbeing – people with disability experience a high level of wellbeing in all aspects of their lives
Fairness and safety
  • Respect – people with disability are as recognised and respected as any other citizen
  • Safety – people with disability live in safety and feel secure and protected
  • Opportunity – people with disability have equal opportunities to identify, pursue and achieve their aspirations
Contributing lives
  • Education and skills – people with disability actively engage and succeed in education and learning
  • Employment – people with disability are engaged in flexible and sustainable employment and have opportunities to develop and succeed
  • Economic independence – people with disability generate income through employment, business ownership and entrepreneurship and participate freely as consumers
  • Influence – people with disability hold positions of leadership and responsibility across the private, public and community sectors

Relevant departments across government will explore how data that is specific to the daily lives of autistic people could be used to show how these outcomes areas are being achieved through this plan.

Timely assessment, diagnosis and access to services and supports will be a focus of ongoing work under this plan. These things are system-level enablers that allow autistic people to experience improved outcomes and are not in themselves outcomes. For this reason, we will use other processes to monitor these system-level items.

We will also undertake ongoing work to articulate how this outcomes framework applies to the experience of autistic people with complex needs.