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FPDN Speak to ABC Radio National on Risk to Disability Advocacy Funding in NSW

Damian Griffis, CEO of DPO Australia member organisation, First Peoples Disability Network, spoke to Larissa Behrendt on ABC RN about proposed cuts to advocacy groups in NSW, and about a new national advisory group of Elders with a lived experience of disability. Proposed funding cuts by the NSW Government have alarmed disability advocacy groups, with…

DPO Australia Member Presenting Keynote Address at First Virtual Disability Conference

Therese Sands, Co-CEO of People with Disability Australia (PWDA) – a member organisation of DPO Australia – will be making a keynote address at the First National Virtual Disability Conference, on Wednesday 21st March 2018. The presentation is titled ‘Community living – making the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities a reality‘ and…

Submission to Senate Standing Committee Inquiry into the Need for Regulation of Mobility Scooters

In March 2018, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) made a brief submission to the Senate Standing Committee inquiry into the need for regulation of mobility scooters, also known as motorised wheelchairs. In the submission, DPO Australia expressed concerns about any proposals that would seek to regulate, and thereby significantly limit or restrict the mobility,…

Factsheet: The National Disability Strategy 2010-2020, Implementation of the CRPD, and Resourcing of Disabled People’s Organisations

Background Australia has not fully incorporated the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) into Australian domestic law and there remains no comprehensive legislative, administrative, judicial framework for the protection of human rights. Australia’s implementation of its CRPD obligations are set out in the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 (NDS),[i] a ten year national…

Factsheet: Equality Before the Law and Supported Decision-Making

Background A number of Australian laws, policies and practices deny or diminish recognition of people with disability as persons before the law, or deny or diminish the right of a person with disability to exercise legal capacity. This takes place in laws such as guardianship, estate management and mental health laws and affects areas such…

Factsheet: Indefinite Detention of Persons with Disability Within the Criminal Justice System

Background All Australian jurisdictions have in place legislation that addresses a defendant within the criminal justice system and their ‘fitness’ to stand trial. These justice diversion provisions are applied when people with disability, particularly those with cognitive or psychosocial disability are deemed ‘unfit’ to stand trial. An unfitness test may arise as an issue before…