Friday 9 February 2018


Date: Thursday 1 March 2018
Time: 2pm for a 2.30pm start
Location: PWC Barangaroo, One International Towers Sydney, Watermans Quay, Barangaroo NSW 2000



The 25th anniversary of the commencement of the operation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (DDA) will occur on 1 March 2018.  To celebrate, the Commission will be hosting an event at PWC’s Barangaroo Offices in Sydney on this day.

The theme of the event will be Equality before the Law, as outlined by Article 5 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  The event will include a facilitated panel discussion on the successes and challenges of the DDA.

The panel will include:

  • Catia Malaquias, Starting with Julius, Attitude Foundation, Down Syndrome Aus, Lawyer WA Govt.
  • Damian Griffis, CEO First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN).
  • Professor Helen Meekosha, Honorary Adjunct Professor Helen Meekosha, School of Social Sciences UNSW
  • Therese Sands, People With Disability Australia

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, will also be in attendance.

The MC for the event will be Wendy Harmer.

Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar is a lawyer and human rights advocate with extensive experience in disability issues at both national and international levels. Before becoming the first Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Devandas Aguilar worked in Strategic Partnerships with the Disability Advocacy Fund and at the UN Secretariat unit responsible for the CRPD.

Ms Devandas Aguilar has focused on the rights of women with disabilities and the rights of indigenous peoples with disabilities, and wishes to promote the importance of supporting states to fulfil their obligations under the CRPD.


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The venue is accessible. An infrared hearing augmentation system will be available. If you have any requirements that will assist in your full participation please contact (02) 9284 9696 or email







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