Around one in five Australians has a disability. However, many face significant barriers when it comes to work, study, sport, getting around and simply taking part in everyday activities.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 protects individuals across Australia from unfair treatment in many parts of public life. The Act makes disability discrimination unlawful and promotes equal rights, equal opportunity and equal access for people with disabilities. 

The Commission also has responsibilities to promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Australia ratified in 2008. People who experience direct or indirect discrimination can complain to the Commission.

We work in partnership with others to help individuals and organisations around the country understand their rights and meet their legal responsibilities.

To do this, we conduct research and public inquiries, facilitate industry-wide reforms through disability standards and guidelines, assist organisations to develop Disability Action Plans and run community education programs.

We also assess applications for temporary exemptions under the Act and provide advice on laws, policies and programs that affect people with disabilities.

The Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM leads this work.

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