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									TARGET Society 5.3: Improve access to support for Territorians
with a disability.

The Northern Territory is a signatory to the National Disability Agreement (NDA)1. The
NDA reflects a strong commitment from the Australian Government and State and
Territory Governments to provide more opportunities for people with disability to
participate in and enjoy Australia’s economic and social life.

The National Disability Strategy 2010-20202 builds on the NDA and provides a unified
national approach to supporting people with disability to maximize their potential and
participate as equal citizens in Australian society.

A key to ensuring people with disability have the same opportunities as others to
participate in activities of their choice is to ensure accessibility of the built and natural
environment, and of activities and programs.

Building access
The Northern Territory, along with other states and territories, has worked to improve
accessibility through encouraging universal design, and adopting minimum
accessibility standards. The nationally consistent Disability (Access to Premises –
Buildings) Standards 2010 (Premises Standards) and changes to the Building Code of
Australia commenced on 1 May 2011 and the Territory is working to ensure
complementary regulatory changes are in place to support the consistency of the
standards.

Disability Parking Permit Scheme
The Territory is also working collaboratively with other states and territories to support
the implementation of the nationally recognised Australian Disability Parking Permit
Scheme. This scheme will ensure people with disability are able to access disability
parking where ever they are in Australia.

Public transport
The Northern Territory also works to ensure access to public transport, as per its
obligations under the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002. The
purpose of the Standards is to remove discrimination from public transport services
and ensure easy access. All public buses in the Greater Darwin, Alice Springs and
Palmerston areas are 100% compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and
are wheelchair accessible. This is well ahead of any other bus network in Australia.



1
  Ministerial Council for Federal Financial Relations, National Disability Agreement 2009
http://www.federalfinancialrelations.gov.au/content/national_agreements/disabilty/Disability_Agreement.pdf
2 Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and indigenous Affairs. National Disability Strategy 2010-

2020. http://www.facs.gov.au/sa/disability/progserv/govtint/nds_2010_2020/Pages/default.aspx
Information about Territory 2030 targets, including baseline data, will tell us how well we are tracking against targets over
time. The information and data will also provide an evidence-base for determining when and where to continue and/or
realign efforts, or find new ways of doing things.


First published January 2012                                                                                             1

                For more information on Territory 2030: www.territory2030.nt.gov.au
                                  email: territory2030@nt.gov.au
NT Companion Card Scheme
The NT Companion Card Scheme is another practical way of supporting people with
disability to access mainstream activities. Companion Card holders are issued a
second ticket for their companion at no charge when they present their card when
booking or purchasing a ticket from a participating business that recognises the
Companion Card. The scheme has affiliates across transport; tourist attractions;
theatre music and arts, sport and recreation facilities; events/ festivals, cinemas and
accommodation.

Community access services
In addition to access to mainstream social and community activities the Northern
Territory funds disability specific community access services. These services provide
opportunities for people with disability who are not already in school or employed to
participate in learning and life skills development programs or recreational holiday
programs.


ACTION: Users of National Disability Agreement (NDA) funded services as a
proportion of the estimated potential population will meet the national average
by 2030.

Estimated proportion of potential population
The estimated proportion of the potential population aged 0-64 with profound or severe
core activity limitation accessing disability services in the Northern Territory in 2008-09
was estimated to be 16.8% of the potential population. This compares to the national
average of 20.8% for the same period3.

The estimated ‘potential population’ is the number of people with the potential to
require disability support services, including individuals who meet the service eligibility
criteria but who do not demand the services.

Under the National Disability Agreement (NDA) a national population benchmarking
framework will be developed to improve the evidence base to assist in policy, service
and planning decisions. A national model to estimate demand will complement the
framework.

There are currently no accurate measures for the potential population of people who
may require disability services and as a result only estimates are available. This is
particularly true for remote and very remote areas in the Northern Territory, where
44% of people receiving disability services in the Northern Territory reside. Remote


3
 Ministerial Council for Federal Financial Relations. Register of National Minimum Data Sets. National Agreement
Performance Reporting 2009-10: National Disability Agreement. Table NDA 3.1
http://www.pc.gov.au/__data/assets/excel_doc/0019/110089/disability-agreement-2009-attachment.xls
Information about Territory 2030 targets, including baseline data, will tell us how well we are tracking against targets over
time. The information and data will also provide an evidence-base for determining when and where to continue and/or
realign efforts, or find new ways of doing things.


First published January 2012                                                                                             2

                For more information on Territory 2030: www.territory2030.nt.gov.au
                                  email: territory2030@nt.gov.au
and very remote areas are recognised for under reporting of people who may have
disabilities and who may be entitled to services and support.

Estimated proportion of Indigenous population
The estimated proportion of Indigenous people with a disability receiving disability
services, as a proportion of the Indigenous potential population requiring services in
the Territory in the 2008-09 period, was estimated as 21.4%. The national average for
the same period was 22.6%.

In 2008-09, Indigenous people receiving disability services made up 54% of the total of
Northern Territory disability service clients4.

Nationally the prevalence of Indigenous disability is recognised to be 2.4 times higher
than that for non-Indigenous people and Indigenous Territorians with disability are
often further disadvantaged by the issues associated with living in remote
communities.

Work is being undertaken at a national level to improve national data collections that
will support greater accuracy in estimating the potential population for disability
services.

ACTION: Increase the percentage of people with a disability who participate in
social and community activities.
There are currently no measures available to determine the percentage of people with
disability who participate in mainstream social and community activities.


ACTION: Evaluate the potential of extending the successful Territory
Government Willing and Able Strategy to the private sector.

Through its commitment to the National Disability Strategy, the Northern Territory has
committed to improving employer awareness of the benefits of employing people with
disability by reducing barriers and disincentives for the employment of people with
disability and encouraging innovative approaches to employment of people with
disability such as social enterprises, or initiatives to assist people with disability
establish their own small business. This commitment aligns well with many aspects of
the Northern Territory Government’s Willing and Able Strategy 2009-2012.

This target has a link to Society 3.6: People with a disability have access to a wide
range of opportunities, and to Health and Wellbeing 1.3: Services for senior
Territorians and people with a disability or requiring rehabilitation will be accessible at
the same level as elsewhere in Australia.
4
 MCFFR. Register of National Minimum Data Sets. National Agreement Performance Reporting 2009-10: National
Disability Agreement.
Information about Territory 2030 targets, including baseline data, will tell us how well we are tracking against targets over
time. The information and data will also provide an evidence-base for determining when and where to continue and/or
realign efforts, or find new ways of doing things.


First published January 2012                                                                                             3

                For more information on Territory 2030: www.territory2030.nt.gov.au
                                  email: territory2030@nt.gov.au

								
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