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How you had YourSay:

The ACT Government is committed to ensuring that people with disability are treated equally before the law and have equal access to justice and their rights upheld. We’ve been seeking to understand what works well in Canberra and other places; what should work better and how we can make changes to our existing justice systems to ensure fair and equal access.

From 6 August to 21 September we asked for community and stakeholder feedback through surveys, face-to-face meetings, community events, and written submissions.

There was also an Easy English Discussion Guide for community and a Justice and Services Discussion Guide for stakeholders.

The strategy reflects the ACT Governments ongoing commitment to supporting the inclusion of people with disability in all spheres of life. The Disability Justice Strategy team are working with ACT justice agencies to enhance safety, provide support and achieve justice for the Canberra community.

If you have any questions or additional feedback in regard to the strategy, you can email the team at ACTdisabilityjustice@act.gov.au.

We are looking at:

We want to understand how people with a disability can be better supported and have equal access to the protection of the law. We know that getting the right information and getting the right support can be hard for people with disability.

We want to know about your views and the experiences of people with disability with the justice system. This includes hearing your opinions about:

  • support for navigating the justice system;
  • making complaints;
  • understanding legal issues;
  • pursuing legal remedies; and
  • anything else you consider should be addressed.

Your voice is important because people with disability and their allies will have a range of experiences and views about the best strategies for ensuring that people with disability are treated equally before the law, have equal access to justice and their rights upheld.

Who can provide input:

All engagements are open to the whole Canberra community. This consultation process may be of particular interest to community members with disability who have experienced difficulty in relation to the justice system, as well as stakeholder groups working in legal, justice and social service areas.

We will use your views to:

Your feedback is being used to develop a Disability Justice Strategy for the ACT and will identify priority areas for reform to provide equal access to justice for people with disability.

Insights about the experiences of people with disability will help us to better understand the barriers to justice and to identify strategies to resolve them.