Rights, Representation and Research
The Australian Human Rights Commission leads the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. The Commission also has major responsibilities under the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Complaints about discrimination and breaches of human rights can be made to the Australian Human Rights Commission. The Commission also performs a wide range of functions to assist individuals and organisations to understand their rights and meet their legal responsibilities. This work is led by the Disability Discrimination Commissioner.
The National People with Disabilities and Carer Council provides advice to the Australian Government, through the Minister for Social Services and the Assistant Minister for Social Services, on issues affecting people with disability, their families and carers in Australia. The formation of this Council creates a single advisory body on the inter-related issues of disability and the caring relationships.
In Australia there are several national disability peak organisations that contribute to government policies about disability issues affecting Australian families and communities, to carry information between government and the community on social policy issues and to represent constituent views.
Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (the NDIS Act), Independent Advisory Council (Advisory Council) consists of up to twelve members and a Principal Member. The function of the Advisory Council is to provide the Board with independent advice of which the Board must have regard to when performing its duties as governing body of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
The Disability Policy & Research Working Group (DPRWG) is a standing committee of the Standing Council on Community and Disability Services Advisory Council (SCCDSAC). It comprises members from Australian, State and Territory Governments disability agencies, nine jurisdictions in total. This website contains information about the work of the DPRWG, and provides a forum for sharing information and publications about important issues in the disability sector.
The National Disability Research and Development Agenda sets out national priorities, focus and direction for disability related research to improve the lives and outcomes for people with disability. It will support the reform priorities of the National Disability Agreement and the National Disability Strategy. Future reforms such as a National Disability Insurance Scheme will also benefit from this commitment.