Topic: News

Media Release: Royal Commission Urgently Needed to Shine Light on Violence Against People with Disability

People with disability and our representative organisations are urging the Federal Government to call a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability across Australia. “We’re seeing how powerful a Royal Commission is in exposing huge problems, and illegal behaviour, in the banking and finance industry right now,” said Ms Bonnie Millen, President…

Joint Statement on the NDIA Specialist Disability Accommodation Provider and Investor Brief

DPO Australia has joined with our sector colleagues to release a joint statement on the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Provider and Investor Brief.While we welcome the positive commitments to SDA set out in this brief, new messaging indicates that most people with disability with high and complex needs will be required to share housing and supports.…

Position Paper: Disability Inclusive National Preventive Mechanism (NPM)

Australia’s ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) requires the establishment of a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM). An NPM is an independent oversight mechanism focused on preventing torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment (ill-treatment) primarily by monitoring and inspecting places…

Joint Submission to Inquiry into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

In April 2018 Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) and Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) made a brief, joint submission to the Senate Inquiry into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The SDGs are highly relevant to people with disability. People with disability are explicitly referred to in the targets of…

DPO Australia Sending Delegation to 11th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, June 2018

Representatives of the four Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) organisations are attending the 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in June 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The annual conference brings together countries that have ratified the CRPD…

WWDA Performance Report July 2016 to December 2017

DPO Australia member, Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA), have released their organisational performance report for the period 1 July 2016 to 31 December 2017. The report details WWDA’s key activities over the previous 1.5 years. It demonstrates the scope and breadth of WWDA’s systemic advocacy work to promote, protect and advance the rights and freedoms…