The National Arts and Disability Strategy sets out a vision for improving access and participation in artistic and cultural activities for people with disabilities. The Strategy provides a framework within which jurisdictions can assess and improve existing activities.

The Strategy sets out eight underlying principles that guide its implementation. These address issues such as the right for all Australians to have access to, and participate in, arts and cultural activities, and the need for people with a disability to be involved in the decisions that affect them.

Ministers have agreed on four priority areas for action. These are:

  1. addressing barriers to access and participation
  2. supporting artistic and cultural practice amongst those with a disability
  3. developing audiences for disability arts companies and individual artists, and
  4. improving policy development and planning within governments.

An evaluation of the Strategy is currently being conducted across the Australian, state and territory governments. The Evaluation will assess the extent to which the outcomes of initiatives and activities governments achieved during 2013–2015 have been effective in supporting inclusion in the arts for people with disability.

The National Arts and Disability Strategy

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The Strategy is the result of extensive consultation, including 115 submissions made in response to a discussion paper released in late 2008, targeted consultation with arts and disability peak bodies, and consultation with government agencies at all levels.

The Australian, state and territory governments report annually to the Meeting of Cultural Ministers on the implementation of the Strategy in each jurisdiction. Ministers also review the effectiveness of the Strategy every three years, in consultation with the arts and disability sector. The next triennial evaluation will take place in 2016, and consider the period 2013–2015.

The inaugural evaluation was completed in October 2013 and explores the Strategy's outcomes from October 2009 to December 2012. The Evaluation Report includes input from the Australian, state and territory governments, following targeted consultation with arts and disability stakeholders. The Evaluation Report was endorsed by cultural ministers in October 2014.

The National Arts and Disability Strategy Evaluation Report 2009–2012