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24th November 2016
The Victorian Government has committed to enhancing the oversight role and the powers of the Disability Services Commissioner (DSC) to investigate matters of abuse, assault or neglect in Victorian disability services.
The Government’s response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services was released this week by the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing. The Government has accepted a number of the Inquiry’s recommendations that relate to DSC, notably committing to:
These increased powers and oversight will allow DSC to conduct targeted investigations into issues of concern, achieving better outcomes for people with a disability.
Mr Laurie Harkin AM, Disability Services Commissioner, says “I welcome these new measures as a way to further strengthen current safeguards for the rights of people with a disability. I look forward to working with government to discuss implementation, resourcing and rollout of these changes in the weeks to come.”
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