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UN Special Rapporteur: Self-determination is key to addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, has released her report on the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, based on her visit earlier this year. In her report, Ms Tauli-Corpuz noted that current Government policies and priorities ‘do not duly respect the rights to self-determination and…

NDIS In Crisis, Say Disability Groups As Complaints Soar

Complaints with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planning processes have soared by 700 percent in the last year, according to the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Many of the complaints related to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) conducting planning meetings by phone – a practice which has now changed. The NDIA have made a statement that they…

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DPO Australia Briefs CRPD Committee on Australia’s Progress Toward Implementing the CRPD

On Wednesday 30 August, DPO Australia met briefly meet with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities via videoconference. We highlighted the key issues identified in our recent List of Issues submission to the Committee, which will assist with informing the review of Australia’s implementation of the CRPD in mid 2018. Download…

Submission: Submission to Senate Inquiry into NDIS (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017

In Jul 2017 Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) provided a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017. The Bill outlines amendments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Act 2013 under two Schedules: Schedule 1 establishes a…

Submission: List of Issues to be Adopted During the 18th Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has prepared a submission for and on behalf of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The submission is a proposed List of Issues to be adopted at the Committee’s 18th session (14th August to 1st September 2018), in respect to Australia’s compliance…

Joint NGO Media Release: Australia’s Human Rights Record Criticised by UN Expert Committee

Australia has been criticised by an expert United Nations Committee following its appearance before the UN Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights last month. Last night the UN Committee released its Concluding Observations, a statement outlining its assessment of Australia’s performance under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The statement…