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Northern Territory disability service standards



Northern Territory disability service standards


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The Northern Territory Disability Service Standards are based on the National (Commonwealth) Disability Service Standards. Being able to build on existing standards helps to maintain continuity and consistency, however, the current standards development process has focussed on issues particularly pertinent to the Northern Territory.These include standards promoting cultural and family relationships and appropriate support and training for support workers and volunteers.


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT)




Disabilities; Delivery of service; Best practice

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Northern Territory Government


39 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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http://docs.prosentient.com.au/prosentientjspui/handle/10137/82 [Department of Health]

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5 N o r t h e r n Te r r i t o r y D I S A B I L I T Y S E R V I C E S T A N D A R D S BACKGROUND TO DISABILITY STANDARDS IN AUSTRALIA The Commonwealth Disability Services Act was passed in 1986.The Act marked a significant achievement in gaining recognition of the rights of people with disabilities in Australia.To assist in the implementation of the Act, national Disability Service Standards were developed and endorsed by the Commonwealth Parliament in 1992. Each state and territory then developed its own disability service legislation and standards. Historically, disability services in the Northern Territory referred to the Commonwealth Disability Service Standards. THE NORTHERN TERRITORY RESPONSE In October 1997, the Minister for Health, Family and Childrens Services launched the Disability Services Five Year Strategic Plan (1997-2001) for services provided and/or funded by Territory Health Services (THS). Written following Territory-wide consultation, the plan endorsed a review of the Northern Territory Disability Services Act and the development of culturally appropriate Disability Service Standards. In April 1998, work began to draft Disability Service Standards for the Northern Territory. PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING THE NORTHERN TERRITORY DISABILITY SERVICE STANDARDS: (Adapted from the Northern Territory Disability Services Five Year Strategic Plan) That the human rights of people with disabilities be recognised, as proclaimed by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the Standard Rules on the Equalisation of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. That all people with disabilities have the right to an optimum quality of life - a life, not just an existence. That all people with disabilities have meaningful choices about how their individual needs are met and how they are involved in the ongoing development, delivery and evaluation of services they receive. G e t t i n g t h e m o s t o u t o f l i f e . . .

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