Are AAT rulings precedent setting?

‘In respect of AAT cases, of course they are not precedent setting; they are individual cases relevant specifically to the facts of the particular matter, unlike Federal Court cases…’

Decision Time: Activating the rights of adults with cognitive disability

This landmark report calls for reforms that will ensure full human rights for the four million Australians with disability, including prisoners. It aims to ensure Australia fully meets its United Nations obligations for people with disability within five years By setting out what all Australian governments need to do to ensure people with disability receive their legal entitlements.

Australia’s shameful detention of people with cognitive disability must stop

The UN has twice called on Australia to dismantle its indefinite detention system for people with cognitive impairments and mental illness, which disproportionately affects Indigenous people. Indefinite detention is what happens to defendants in criminal cases when they are deemed unfit to stand trial.

How do people with disability navigate the justice system?

Disability advocates are worried not enough is being done to help members of their community to navigate through Australia’s justice system – that includes victims, witnesses and perpetrators. It’s the latest focus of the Disability Royal Commission, which resumes hearings for the year this morning.

2020 Public Advocate police awards

Now in its fifth year, the Public Advocate awards recognise police members, employees and units that have made an outstanding contribution to and improving outcomes for people with disability and delivering a police service that is accessible, inclusive and responsive. A police member who coordinated a sensory-friendly and person-centred search for a young autistic man has been recognised with the 2020 Public Advocate Award for Outstanding Police Service to People with Disability.

Opinion: legal representation for people with disabilities is shockingly low when appealing NDIS decisions

More than 75% of people with disabilities across Australia last year did not have legal representation at their NDIS appeals, according to data obtained under freedom of information from the AAT, which reviews government administrative decisions. While people with disabilities are attending their NDIS appeals without any legal representation, the NDIA uses up to three lawyers to represent it in one tribunal hearing.

Improving the response of the justice system to sexual offences

Closing date: December 23, 2020

This review has the potential to reshape the way the justice system deals with sexual offences in Victoria. Anyone with experience and interest in this area, including people whose work involves responding to sexual harm, people working in the justice system, family violence and child protection workers, people who have experienced sexual harm, counsellors, academics, and researchers are invited to share their views.