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Meet the Commissioner
Dr Ben Gauntlett
Ben Gauntlett commenced his term as Disability Discrimination Commissioner on May 7, 2019. Ben is a quadriplegic following a schoolboy rugby union accident aged 16 in Perth, Western Australia.
Prior to commencing as Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Ben worked as a barrister in Western Australia and Victoria with a broad ranging practice.
He also holds a Master of Laws from New York University and a D.Phil. in Law from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
In 2015, Ben completed the Perth to Rottnest swim in a team with three friends.
Pilot program for young people with intellectual disability
Disability Discrimination Commissioner's Speech at the 2022 Jobs and Skills Summit
The participation rate for people with disability is and has remained at 53% for 28 years. The participation rate for people without disability is 83%.
Australia's Disability Strategy, Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The compartmentalisation of disability policy has meant people with disability, or their representatives, are often expected to have the information and evidence to justify policy change and even when they do make their case, they need multiple levels and areas of government to support them.