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Disability Discrimination

DDA25 anniversary

 Equality before the Law panel
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the commencement of the operation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992

Calls for community support during Melbourne lockdowns

Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan has called for sensitive and appropriate supports for the communities in lockdown in Flemington and North Melbourne.

Many of the people living in the nine towers that have been placed into ‘hard lockdown’ are from migrant and ethnic communities and have already faced a range of hardships prior to COVID-19.

Effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis and support for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Australian Human Rights Commission submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs 

The Commission welcomes the opportunity to make comments to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs in relation to its inquiry into effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis and support for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Commission evidence to FASD Inquiry

The Australian Human Rights Commission is calling for the Australian Government to adopt community led responses informed by targeted investment in research, education, training, diagnosis and treatment to combat Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

The Commission yesterday gave evidence before the Senate Community Affairs References Committee's Inquiry into the effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis and support for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Submission: People with Disability and the Criminal Justice System (2020)

Summary

The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Royal Commission).
The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Royal Commission).

Inclusive Education for People with Disability

Submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability: Inclusive Education for People with Disability (December 2019)

Introduction

  1. The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Royal Commission).
     

Information concerning Australia’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Summary

The Commission welcomes the opportunity to provide a written contribution ahead of the Committee’s consideration of Australia’s 2nd and 3rd periodic reports under the CRPD and to engaging with the Committee during its 22nd session.
The Commission welcomes the opportunity to provide a written contribution ahead of the Committee’s consideration of Australia’s 2nd and 3rd periodic reports under the CRPD and to engaging with the Committee during its 22nd session.

Disability discrimination tops Commission complaints

New figures from the Australian Human Rights Commission show discrimination on the ground of disability was the leading area of concern for people lodging complaints about discrimination in 2018-19.

In 2018-19, the Commission received 891 complaints about disability discrimination; accounting for almost 44% of all complaints received by the Commission last financial year.

The number of complaints to the Commission about disability discrimination has gone up every year over the last five years.

Progress made but significant concerns in Australia remain, UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities concludes

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, and the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), have been highlighted as progress in meeting Australia’s obligations to people with disability in Australia's recent appearance before the United Nations.