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Media Release: Australian with Disability Voted onto the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) warmly congratulates Australian candidate, Rosemary Kayess on her election to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The election took place overnight at the United Nations in New York. This week, countries that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)…

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…

Media Release: Budget Blow for People with Disability

People with disability around Australia are reeling after the Treasurer’s backflip on funding for the NDIS. “We are stunned at the news that the Federal Government is walking away from the commitment to fully fund the NDIS, now and into the future. Last year, the Prime Minister said that the increase to the Medicare Levy…