"Shaping our future: discussions on disability rights"


Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin will be conducting a national consultation which will help guide the development of his priorities and seek input from the disability community on how he can most effectively work to advance the rights of people with a disability.  These consultations aim to engage with the disability community and gather information and knowledge on the extent and nature of disability discrimination and the human rights of people with disability in Australia.  The focus of the consultations will be guided by the Commissioner's National Consultation Discussion paper which sets out five proposed areas of priority as being:

  • Employment
  • Education
  • Housing
  • The criminal justice system
  • Implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Consultations will be held in each capital city and some regional centres between October 2016 - March 2017. Further consultation details will be held will be updated on this page and via the Commissioner's Facebook page. 

Discussion Paper

Download Discussion Paper in PDF

Download Discussion Paper in Word


In addition to the consultations, submissions are also being sought on the three consultation questions in relation to the Commissioner’s five proposed priority areas:

Any individual or organisation can make a submission.

At this stage there is no definite closing date for submissions, however it is likely to be in March at the conclusion of the community consultations.

You can find out more and make a submission at: www.humanrights.gov.au/shaping-our-future-discussions-disability-rights

Consultation sessions

Consultation numbers are limited, please ensure that you RSVP via the RSVP link. 

If you are unable to attend a consultation session, there will be other ways in which you can have input. More information will be provided on this page once the consultation process commences.

If you have any problems registering please email us at disability@humanrights.gov.au

PerthMonday 24 October 2016

Consultation 1: 9.30am - 12pm

Consultation 2: 1.30pm - 4pm


DarwinWednesday 26 October 2016Consultation 1: 9.30am - 12pmCompleted
BrisbaneFriday 18 November 2016

Consultation 1: 9.30am - 12pm

Consultation 2: 1.30pm - 4pm


MelbourneTuesday 29 November 2016

Consultation 1: 10.30am - 1pm

Consultation 2: 2pm - 4.30pm


CanberraThursday 1 December 2016Consultation 1: 9.30am - 12pmCompleted
HobartWednesday 7 December 2016Consultation 1: 9.30am - 12pmCompleted
AlburyMonday 12 December 2016TBCCompleted
GeelongThursday 15 December 2016TBCCompleted
Western Sydney - Parramatta13 February 2017Consultation 1: 2:00pm-4:30pmConsultation 1 RSVP
NewcastleFebruary 2017TBCcoming soon