The Australian Government has been supporting International Day of People with Disability since 1996 and provides funds to promote and raise awareness of the day and support activities around Australia. This includes encouraging individuals, schools, community groups, businesses and organisations to get involved and hold events on, or around, 3 December.
Our work also extends beyond 3 December and aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. We do this in a number of ways:
- Sponsoring national awards, events or activities that showcase the achievements of people with disability and help promote inclusion across Australia. Read more about our partners
- Championing the lives, talents and achievements of people with disability through storytelling and the support of our ambassadors
- Educating the community about the barriers people with disability face and how we can work together to break down misconceptions and encourage inclusive attitudes and behaviours.
- Building a community for people with disability, their families and carers so they feel represented and celebrated.
- Sharing resources and information from a range of disability organisations to support the sector and provide information to people with disability.
The National Disability Strategy 2010–2020
In Australia, the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 commits all governments to a nationwide approach aimed at improving the lives of people with disability, their families and carers.
The Strategy’s ten-year national framework for reform focuses on better inclusion for people with disability and seeks to create a society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.
The Australian Government has consulted widely with people with disability, and their families and carers, to develop a new National Disability Strategy, to be released later this year.
If you have any questions about International Day of People with Disability and how you can get involved, please contact us.