Thursday 27 September 2018

Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin, is visiting the Northern Territory to explore the challenges faced by people with disability in remote and regional areas, in particular those experienced by people with disability who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Disability tends to be more common in rural and remote areas, and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Remoteness can also exacerbate disadvantage for people with disability.
In partnership with First Peoples Disability Network and international law firm Ashurst, the Disability Discrimination Commissioner is gathering information to better understand the current issues facing people with disability in remote and regional communities.

Starting in Alice Springs on 1 October, the Commissioner will travel to Utopia, Tennant Creek and Darwin over 10 days. The Commissioner said,

“I am looking forward to meeting with people with disability in their communities. I want to learn about their experiences of disability.  I will also take the opportunity to learn of issues from those who provide care and support to them.

“It is against the law to be treated unfairly because of disability. This includes in employment, education, accommodation, getting or using services or accessing public places. I want people in even the remotest parts of the country to understand this, and to know about the ways that they can redress issues if they have been discriminated against because of their disability, whether in employment, education, accommodation, getting or using services or accessing public places.”

The Northern Territory visit is an extension of the Commissioner’s National Engagement Plan, Shaping Our Future: discussions on disability rights.

The Commissioner will be in Utopia on Monday 1 October between 10am and 12 noon at the Alparra Service Centre. On 2 October, the Commissioner will be in Tennant Creek meeting people with disability, their families and friends between 10am and 1pm, and with service providers between 2pm and 5pm.

Media Contact: Marie-Claire Muir 0466 635 405

Artwork: ‘Many Tribes, One Community' by Wiradjuri Artist Uncle Paul Constable-Calcott