Department of Human Services

Principles

Principles are values that guide behaviour and create a shared understanding about what is important. This plan is based on the following principles for people living with disability:

  • fundamental human rights, responsibility and autonomy
  • individual worth and dignity
  • participation in social and economic life
  • the right to realise physical, social, sexual, reproductive, emotional and intellectual capacities
  • the right to make decisions, including supported decisions, and to take risks
  • access to information in appropriate forms
  • respect for cultural or linguistic diversity, age, gender, sexual orientation and religious beliefs
  • rights to privacy and confidentiality
  • live free from neglect, abuse and exploitation
  • rights to pursue complaints and access justice
  • acknowledge and respect the crucial role of families, carers and significant persons
  • freedom of association and support to engage in family, social and friendship activities
  • respect the needs and rights of children as they develop
  • acknowledge and respect the abilities, strengths, goals and needs of people living with disability.
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