Minister for the Arts Don Harwin is urging the people of NSW to submit their views to inform a renewed to help improve access and participation in the arts, screen and culture sector by people with disability.

The Federal Government, led by Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield, and State and Territory Arts Ministers have agreed to renew the 2009 strategy in 2019, and have launched state-wide consultation efforts.

“I strongly encourage the people of NSW to get involved today, to ensure their view is heard as we strive to make targeted changes that allow people with disability to more easily engage with our thriving arts, screen and cultural sector,” Mr Harwin said.

“The existing strategy is nearly a decade old and it’s time for an update that reflects a number of changes including the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“We want to hear from people with disability, including artists, arts and cultural workers and screen practitioners with disability and audience members with disability – not to mention creative and cultural organisations, carers, disability organisations, local councils and education and training organisations.

Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams welcomed the review of the National Arts and Disability Strategy.

“Disability services have advanced significantly in the last ten years and it’s important the strategy reflects the progress. I encourage everyone across NSW to provide their views on increasing the participation of people with disability in the arts, screen and culture sector,” Mr Williams said.

Anyone who wishes to submit their view is invited to complete an online survey, provide a written, verbal or recorded submission or attend a face-to-face consultation. These consultations will take place between Monday 5 – Thursday 8 November in Sydney, Campbelltown, Parramatta and Lismore. To register for the sessions and find out further details, visit here.

Submissions will be accepted until Monday 3 December 2018, 5.00 pm (AEST).

To find out more and have your say visit: https://www.arts.gov.au/have-your-say/national-arts-and-disability-strategy

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