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.