Topic: United Nations Activities and Reports

Factsheet: Inclusive education

Background The current education system in Australia is failing to adequately meet the needs of students with disability, and it is rare for students with disability to be provided with a genuine inclusive educational experience.[i] Despite available data showing that 90.2% of students with disability attend regular or mainstream schools, only 36% of people with…

Factsheet: Forced Treatment and Restrictive Practices

Background Across Australia, mental health laws, policy and practice authorise the forced treatment of people with psychosocial disability, limiting individual rights to liberty and security and equal recognition before the law. Laws have failed to prevent, and in some cases actively condone unacceptable practices, including invasive and irreversible treatments, such as the authorisation of psychosurgery,…

Factsheet: Forced Sterilisation of People with Disability and People with Intersex Variations

Background Forced sterilisation of people with disability, particularly women and girls with disability, and people with intersex variations, is an ongoing practice that remains legal and sanctioned by Governments in Australia.[i] Since 2005, UN human rights treaty bodies, UN special procedures and international medical bodies have made recommendations to Australia to enact national legislation to…

Factsheet: Employment of Persons with Disability

Background In Australia, people with disability are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as people without disability.[i] Compared with other OECD[ii] countries, Australia has one of the lowest employment participation rates for people with disability (39.8% for people with disability compared to 79.4% for people without a disability).[iii] Men with disability (51.3%) are much…

Factsheet: Violence and Abuse Against Persons with Disability

Background Evidence demonstrates that people with disability frequently experience sustained and repeated episodes of violence and abuse.[i] Women and girls with disability are at far greater risk of violence, particularly sexual violence, and experience significantly higher levels of all forms of violence by a greater number of perpetrators compared to their peers.[ii] Children and young…

Factsheet: Discrimination Against Migrants and Refugees with Disability

Background People with disability, and families who have members with disability, consistently have their visa applications denied because they are unable to meet the strict health requirement under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth).[i] An individual or family could have been living in Australia for many years, contributing to the economic and social life of the…