Tag: United Nations

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…

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: 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…

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,…