Around one in five Australians has a disability. Many face significant barriers in work, study, sport, getting around and simply taking part in everyday activities.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) makes disability discrimination unlawful and promotes equal rights, equal opportunity and equal access for people with disabilities.
The Australian Human Rights Commission, through the Disability Discrimination Commissioner, works with governments, the private sector and civil society to help individuals and organisations understand their rights and meet their legal responsibilities.
The Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Ben Gauntlett, conducts research and public inquiries, encourages reform by promoting disability standards and guidelines, and assists organisations to develop Disability Action Plans.
The Commissioner also promotes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Australia ratified in 2008.
People who experience discrimination can complain to the Commission.
More information: Know Your Rights, Disability Discrimination
Disability Rights: current projects
The Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Ben Gauntlett, spoke with people with disability across Australia in 2017 and identified the following priorities for his work: employment, education, housing, the criminal justice system, implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and violence. See Shaping our future: discussions on disability rights.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cwth) on 1 March 2018, the Commission hosted an event at PWC’s Barangaroo Offices in Sydney. The theme of the event was Equality before the Law, as outlined by Article 5 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). More about this event.
- A brief guide to the Disability Discrimination Act
- Overview of the NDS (National Disability Strategy) 2010-2020
- Overview of the articles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities