In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

The Strategy - An Overview

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The Disability Justice Strategy is a ten-year strategy. The strategy is an overarching plan, designed to inform and guide how more detailed work is formulated and acted on. It has three goals and five focus areas aimed at achieving those goals.

The three goals are:

Goal 1People with disability are safe and their rights are respected:

Goal 2The ACT has a disability responsive justice system:

Goal 3Change is measured and achieved:

The goals of the Disability Justice Strategy reflect what we heard from consultations, particularly from people with disability, about their experiences with the justice system and what they thought would have made that experience better. The goals are aimed at changing the experience of people with disability, the justice system and how we measure success.

The strategy has five focus areas which have been identified as being critical to the achievement of the goals. These are:

The five focus areas are described in more detail later in the strategy.

Underneath the strategy will sit a series of action plans and review points. The action plans will contain specific activities which will fulfil the requirements of a focus area. The review points will ensure that the success (or otherwise) of the action plans is evaluated and outcomes inform the next stage of work.

Through pursuing the goals, focus areas and action plans the Disability Justice Strategy aims to change how the justice system responds to people with disability who seek access to justice.

Governance and Implementation

The Disability Justice Strategy will be put into effect through the action plans which will be formulated as part of the work of the strategy.

The strategic approach of the Disability Justice Strategy will be overseen at Director–General level through the Human Services Cluster Inter-Directorate Committee (IDC). The cluster comprises the Community Services, Health, Education, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development and Justice and Community Safety Directorates.

Tasks which need to occur to implement the strategy are to:

Formulating clear action plans with initiatives that can be operationalised will be key to the success of the Disability Justice Strategy. The voices and perspectives of people with disability will be critical in the design, implementation and review of those initiatives.

Oversight of the strategy at an appropriate level will ensure that initiatives being undertaken across government will consider disability issues during the development, implementation and evaluation of those initiatives. Business units across government will need to consider the issue of access to justice for people with disability including through the provision of information and training. It will also ensure that work to develop initiatives will not be duplicated.

It is important that there be a central information point with a clear view of the range of disability justice-related activities already taking place and planned for future implementation. The development of the Disability Justice Strategy identified many examples of good practice and innovative approaches to improving access to justice for people with disability, yet these tended to occur in isolation. By establishing an overarching vision with action plans that reach across government and community we can develop a cohesive and transparent approach to better justice outcomes.

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