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Disability Services Act

The Disability Services Act (1993) defines the functions of the Disability Services Commission.  These include policy and planning, legislation, advisory bodies, standards, community education, advocacy support, information and referral, Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs), and funding and providing services. The Act defines “disability” as meaning a disability:

  • which is attributable to an intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairment or a combination of those impairments
  • which is permanent or likely to be permanent
  • which may or may not be of a chronic or episodic nature and
    which results in substantially reduced capacity of the person for communication, social interaction, learning or mobility; and a need for continuing support services.


Working within this definition, the Disability Services Commission’s Eligibility Policy for Specialist Disability Services describes who is eligible for services.