Rights of people with disability
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Australia is a signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDP). As a party to the CRPD, Australia is required to promote, protect, and ensure the human rights of persons with disabilities. The Strategy plays an important role in achieving this.
Disability Discrimination Act 1992
The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 is part of Australia's commitment to eliminating all discrimination against people with disability.
The Disability Standards are enforceable regulations that make clear the rights and responsibilities around equal access and opportunity for people with disability. These Disability Standards and other guidelines supplement the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
Some key Disability Standards include:
Australian Human Rights Commission
The Australian Human Rights Commission has the power to investigate and attempt to resolve complaints of discrimination. The Australian Human Rights Commission also undertakes educational programs to raise awareness of the human rights of people with disability.
Disability Discrimination Action Plans
An action plan is a way for an organisation to work on reducing disability discrimination from their goods, services and facilities. The Australian Human Rights Commission has a register of Disability Discrimination Action Plans created by governments and private businesses.
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
The Disability Royal Commission was established in April 2019 in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability. The Royal Commission will make recommendations in September 2023 about what should change. We will look at these recommendations and see if the Strategy needs to change.
Disability Royal Commission counselling and advocacy support services
The Australian Government is funding counselling and advocacy support services for:
- People with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
- Anyone who is engaging with or affected by the Disability Royal Commission. These services are free, independent and confidential.
Anyone who wishes to access these supports does not need to make a submission or have any prior involvement with the Disability Royal Commission.