Papers, Articles, Reports & Submissions 2011 – 2015


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Submission to the CRPD Committee: Day of General Discussion on the Right to Education for Persons with Disabilities’ (March 2015) [PDF] [Word]

In April 2015, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will meet for its 13th session. As part of the session, the Committee is holding a Day of General Discussion on the Right to Education for Persons with Disabilities, to inform the development of a General Comment for CRPD Article 24 [The Right to Education]. WWDA was invited by the CRPD Committee to provide a written submission to contribute to this work. WWDA’s Submission considers Article 24 [the Right to Education for Persons with Disabilities], and the development of a General Comment for Article 24, in the context of the intersection of disability and gender. WWDA’s Submission argues that a General Comment on the Right to Education for Persons with Disabilities must include specific articulation, and embedding of, issues of intersectionality in recognition of the multiple and intersecting discrimination and disadvantage experienced by people with disabilities with multiple identity positions. This recognises that discrimination affects people with disabilities in different ways depending on how they are positioned within the social, economic and cultural hierarchies that prohibit or further compromise their ability to enjoy universal human rights. Importantly, it clarifies that multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination cannot be ‘disconnected’ from each other when endeavouring to ensure the right to an ‘inclusive education’ for people with disabilities. Copyright WWDA March 2015.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Final Report for the Disability Employment Services (DES) Consumer Engagement Project’ (August 2014) [PDF] [Word]

The second phase of WWDA’s Disability Employment Services (DES) Consumer Engagement Project specifically concentrated on consulting and engaging with women with disabilities regarding their access to and experience of, disability employment services in Australia. WWDA collaborated with its affiliate networks of women with disabilities in Western Australia, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland, to conduct focus group forums for women with disabilities in each of these localities.

The main objectives of the Forums were to:

  • Identify issues affecting women with disabilities in relation to their access to, and use of, Disability Employment Services (DES);
  • Identify ways that future Disability Employment Services can be improved to better meet the needs of women with disabilities;
  • Provide information to women with disabilities about the DES Program; and,
  • Identify any other issues that impact on women with disabilities seeking, finding and maintaining employment.

The Reports from the Forums are provided here:

Report 1:  Queensland Disability Employment Services Forum for Women With Disabilities – hosted by Women With Disabilities Australia and Queenslanders With Disability Women’s Network [PDF] [Word]

Report 2:  South Australia Disability Employment Services Forum for Women With Disabilities – hosted by Women With Disabilities South Australia (WWDSA) [PDF] [Word]

Report 3:  Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Disability Employment Services Forum for Women With Disabilities – hosted by Women With Disabilities ACT (WWDACT) [PDF Only]

Report 4:  Western Australia Disability Employment Services Forum for Women With Disabilities – hosted by Women With Disabilities Western Australia (WWDWA) [PDF] [Word]


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Mid Term Progress Report for the Disability Employment Services (DES) Consumer Engagement Project’ (February 2014) [PDF] [Word]

In July 2013, the then Minister for Employment Participation, Hon Kate Ellis, advised Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) that the Australian Government would be providing a small, one-off funding grant to a number of national disability organisations, including WWDA, to assist in improving the delivery of Disability Employment Services (DES). The specific purpose of the one of funding grant is to lift consumer engagement and knowledge of the DES program, facilitate provision of consumer advice to the Government about the needs of women with disabilities in the context of the DES, and look at ways to improve future disability employment services. This mid-term progress Report from WWDA details work undertaken on the Project to 31 January 2014. In the context of WWDA’s human rights based approach, WWDA’s report not only provides information on specific activities and deliverables of the Project, but highlights a range of key systemic advocacy and public policy themes that WWDA has identified during the Project to date. Furthermore, the Report includes information on systemic advocacy initiatives undertaken by WWDA in response to those issues and themes identified.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Submission to the National Inquiry into Equal Recognition Before the Law and Legal Capacity for People With Disability’ (January 2014) [PDF] [Word]

This national Inquiry was announced by the Australian Government in July 2013. The Inquiry, being undertaken by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) will examine laws and legal frameworks within the Commonwealth jurisdiction that deny or diminish the equal recognition of people with disability as persons before the law and their ability to exercise legal capacity, and consider what, if any, changes could be made to Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks to address these matters. The ALRC’s final report is due in August 2014. This document is WWDA’s formal Submission to the National Inquiry into Equal Recognition Before the Law and Legal Capacity for People With Disability. WWDA’s Submission examines six key priority areas for women with disabilities that are considered crucial in the context of the National Inquiry. These six areas are: 1) Gendering the National Inquiry into Equal Recognition Before the Law and Legal Capacity for People With Disability; 2) Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Freedoms; 3) The Right to Freedom from Violence, Abuse, Exploitation and Neglect; 4) The Right to Found and Maintain a Family; 5) The Right to Work; and, 6) The Right to Participate in Political and Public life. Copyright WWDA January 2014.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Policy Paper: ‘Assessing the situation of women with disabilities in Australia: A human rights approach’ (July 2011) [PDF]  [Word]

This Paper uses a human rights framework to document the range of data, research and information needed in order to give a comprehensive assessment of the situation of women with disabilities in Australia. The paper provides the context for this work by giving an overview of the intersection of gender and disability, as well as a brief background to the human rights imperative. Using key articles from the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the paper then prescribes the key quantitative and qualitative data and research required under each article, and links this to Australia’s international human rights obligations and domestic policy context. Copyright WWDA July 2011.