The Disability Act ensures a person with a disability cannot be discriminated against or treated unfairly because of their disability.
The Disability Act 2006 (the Act) commenced on 1 July 2007. The Act provides for:
- A stronger whole-of-government and whole-of-community response to the rights and needs of people with a disability.
- A framework for the provision of high quality services and supports for people with a disability.
The Act sets out principles for people with a disability and for disability service providers. Disability service providers include the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing and organisations that are registered under the Act to provide disability services.
Disability Amendment Act 2017
The Disability Amendment Act 2017 came into operation on 16 August 2017. It made changes to authorise the sharing of certain information for the purpose of implementing the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Victoria. The amendment to the Act also enhanced the powers of the Disability Services Commissioner to investigate abuse and neglect in disability services.
Disability Regulations 2018
The Disability Regulations 2018 support the Act in providing additional safeguards, transparency and accountability to people with a disability. The Disability Regulations 2018 commenced on 24 June 2018 and replaced the 2007 regulations.
Read the legislation
To read the legislation, go to the Victorian Law Today Library search page and search for the relevant Acts or Statutory Rules.