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Human Rights, Disability, Inclusion and Diversity Resource Guide

UN convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified by the Australian Government in July 2008.  That means all Australian Governments (Federal, State, Territory and local) have to make their laws, services and programs align with the rights listed in the Convention.

Get to know your rights by reading the UN Convention and related information by visiting the Australian Human rights Commission's Disability rights UN convention web page.

Respecting Community Diversity - Access and Equity Policy and Strategy

Respecting Community Diversity Access and Equity Policy and Strategy.

National Disability Strategy 2010 – 2020

The 'NDS' was released as the Council of Australian governments (COAG)  response to the UN Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities in February 2011. COAG includes the Australian Local Government Association.  You can get updates on the National disability Strategy website.

National disability Insurance Scheme

The “NDIS” is the highest profile part of the National Disability Strategy.  To learn more about the NDIS go to the National Disability Insurance Scheme website and subscribe for free Updates.  Join the online Forum about developments in the NDIS.

Join the national campaign supporting an NDIS for Australia - Every Australian Counts.

Disability Discrimination Act Information and Links

The Federal Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) of 1992 provides protection against discrimination based on disability for everyone in Australia.

A very useful website about the DDA is the Australian Human Rights Commission Disability rights page.

Discrimination because of disability – what is the Disability discrimination Act all about?

http://www.humanrights.gov.au/disability_rights/dda_guide/about/about.html

What areas of life are covered?

http://www.humanrights.gov.au/disability_rights/dda_guide/areas/areas.html

Who does the DDA protect?

http://www.humanrights.gov.au/disability_rights/dda_guide/who/who.html

Advocacy Can Help You Get Your Rights

The Commonwealth Government has an Advocacy Finder on the Department of Social Services website.