The Government has announced the establishment of a Ministry for Disabled People, hosted by the Ministry of Social Development.  

The Ministry will lead cross-government strategic disability policy, deliver and transform Disability Support Services and progress work on broader Disability System Transformation.   

In announcing the new Ministry, Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, said the establishment of the new Ministry recognised that true transformation requires strong leadership across Government and the public service.   

"The goals and aspirations of disabled people are at the heart of today’s announcement. 

"The new Ministry will become an integral part of the machinery of government, leading to the realisation of a true partnership between the disability community and government."

The Health Reform Transition Unit will work closely with the new Ministry to ensure health services delivered to disabled people are accessible, consistent and relevant.