The Australian Human Rights Commission undertook a project on violence against people with disability in institutional settings. This report outlines the Commission’s findings and recommendations on the ways in which quality, safeguarding and oversight mechanisms that prevent and address violence against people with disability in institutional settings can be strengthened.
Oliver Morton-Evans has sought the services of sex workers over the years, because dating can be especially tough for anyone with a disability. Despite having tried “every dating app out there”, Oliver, 39, has never been in a long-term relationship.
A Melbourne man with a profound intellectual disability and autism, who was accused of assault and then left in a high-security prison because there was nowhere else for him to go, has had his charges dropped by Victorian prosecutors.
Only a royal commission into violence and abuse against people with a disability can fund the social sector to support victims to give evidence, get justice and heal, a peak body says.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissions intervention in the Supreme Court case of Owners Corporation v Anne Black got a great result for people with a disability seeking reasonable adjustments from owners corporations. The Supreme Court’s decision makes it clear that our Equal Opportunity Act requires owners corporations to make reasonable adjustments for both tenants and … Continued
An intellectually disabled man who spent 18 months in jail despite being found unfit to stand trial has been released from custody after 543 days.
Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) warmly congratulates Australian candidate, Rosemary Kayess on her election to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The church’s governing bodies, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia, wrote to the Government saying they were keen to participate “to limit future trauma for survivors of abuse in obtaining redress from the Church”.
A controversial firefighters pay deal is discriminatory against women and parents, Victoria’s human rights commissioner said.
Closing date: May 23, 2018
The Australian Human Rights Commission will soon report to the United Nations on how Australia is meeting its international obligations to children, and are calling for submissions from all people and organisations that have something to say about the state of children’s rights in Australia.
Board member of Disability Advocacy Australia Julie Phillips said there needed to be a significant change in approach to dealing with people who suffer from a disability.
“It’s outrageous that these sorts of things continue to happen in Victoria and Australia where the symptoms of people with disability which are due to autism or mental illness are being interpreted as people being deliberately obstructive,” she added.
An ABC news presenter has come under fire following an interview labelled as “offensive” where he told a woman with a chronic skin condition that she looked like a “burns victim” and said she might scare children on Halloween. Jon Faine, who presents ABC Melbourne’s morning radio program, also asked if his guest’s skin condition prevented … Continued
Stephen Hawking was one of the most prominent people in history to use a high-tech communication aid known as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Today, many Australians who need AAC still lack access to the technology and the support they need to use it. It’s time for that to change.
With only 53 per cent of people with a disability employed and only half likely to finish year 12, it’s time to take stock of our disability discrimination laws.
The Victorian Government has recognised the important role of advocates since the 1980s, and currently provides funding to more than 20 organisations across the state to support around 1,700 people each year. However more than 1 million Victorians have disabilities, which means many people are missing out on the advocacy support that would help them express their needs and have these needs met.