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DDA25 anniversary

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

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.

22nd Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

22nd Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Australia’s appearance, 12 to 13 September 2019
Geneva, Palais des Nations Room XVII

Opening Statement (5 minutes)

Ben Gauntlett, Disability Discrimination Commissioner


Thank you Mr Chairman.

I welcome the opportunity to make this statement on behalf of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Disability Discrimination Commissioner addresses the UN

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Ben Gauntlett has delivered a statement on behalf of the Australian Human Rights Commission before the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations in Geneva.

Commissioner Gauntlett said while Australia has made some progress in implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities since it last appeared before the Committee in 2013, there are areas of critical importance that continue to reflect human rights concerns confronting people with disability in Australia.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities briefing with civil society (2019)

22nd Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities briefing with civil society, Monday, 9 September 2019
Geneva, Palais des Nations Room XVII

Opening Statement of Australian Human Rights Commission

Dr Ben Gauntlett, Disability Discrimination Commissioner


Thank you, Mr Chairman.

Disability Discrimination Commissioner reports to the UN

The Australian Human Rights Commission has detailed human rights concerns for people with disability in Australia in a report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

In September, the UN Committee will consider Australia’s progress in meeting its obligations to people with disability under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). 

The Committee has received reports from the Commission (as an A-status national human rights institution), the Australian Government and civil society organisations.

Remember disability policy and research deals with the everyday lives

The following speech was an introductory address delivered by Disability Discrimination Commissioner Ben Gauntlett at a policy forum convened by the Centre for Research Excellence in Disability and Health, held in Canberra on July 18, 2019.

Good morning and welcome to today’s policy forum, which has been organised by the Centre for Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH).  

The critical task of changing community attitudes towards disability

The following speech was an opening presentation delivered by Disability Discrimination Commissioner Ben Gauntlett at a workshop on community attitudes towards people with disability convened by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disability, held in Melbourne on June 28, 2019.

Technology must be a gateway to inclusion for people with disability, Commissioner tells UN

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Ben Gauntlett gave a statement at the General Debate at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the importance of accessible technology for people with disability.

Commissioner Gauntlett told the UN that inaccessible technology was becoming an increasingly critical issue for governments.

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse and Neglect of People with Disability

Statement from Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner

I support the motion to hold a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability. I call upon the Government to act immediately on this motion by proceeding to establish the Royal Commission without further delay.