New Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission strategic plan

At the heart of the Commission’s work is a vision for a fair, safe and inclusive Victoria where every person is respected and treated with dignity. To achieve this vision, our Strategic Plan identifies the strategic priorities that will guide our work and the change we hope to see from 2024 to 2026.

Rosemary Kayess commences as Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Australia’s new Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Rosemary Kayess, said we need to reframe how Australians think about disability, and address social structures that prevent people with disability from participating equally in society.  Commissioner Kayess said there is a unique opportunity to transform the lives of people with disability following the Disability Royal Commission and the Independent … Continued

Commission welcomes new Disability Discrimination Commissioner

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the appointment of Rosemary Kayess to the role of Disability Discrimination Commissioner. “On behalf of Commissioners and staff I warmly welcome Ms Kayess to the Commission. She is a leading disability and human rights lawyer who has been extremely influential in her work in international human rights law for … Continued

VMIAC’s response to AEC about the Voice Referendum

Click below to read the National Mental Health Consumer Alliance’s letter to Australian Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers in response to the AEC’s decision to exclude thousands of mental health consumers and mental health workers from voting in the Voice referendum.

Beliefs About Disabilities May Predict COVID-19 Precautions

Key Points The social model states that society is the primary cause of disability, so it is a social responsibility. A new study finds that social model beliefs about disability were associated with more COVID-19 precautions. People with stronger social model beliefs were more concerned about disabled people contracting COVID-19.

3 Forms Of Gaslighting Disabled People Experience Most Often

2022’s Merriam-Webster Word Of The Year was “gaslighting.” It’s both an apt term for a set of real and serious experiences, and an overused word that threatens to trivialize those same experiences. Either way, “gaslighting” feels especially familiar to many people with disabilities. The word seems to name and give form to one of the most common, but hard … Continued

PhD scholarship in Disability, Diversity and Inclusion Studies

Closing date: October 23, 2023

The new Disability, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne invites Expressions of Interest for a PhD. The Initiative aims to create and promote safe and socially just futures, where people with disability have access, are included and their diversity valued in all facets of social, political and … Continued

Failed Ambitions: Kew Cottages and changing ideas of intellectual disabilities

This meticulously researched book uses archival records to explore the history of Kew Cottages through the trajectory of ideas behind development of disability policy, both nationally and internationally, and the treatment of people with intellectual disabilities in institutional care, covering the evolution of disability within our society. Everyone with an interest in the history of disability rights in Victoria should read this book which explores the way policies and services have evolved as our understanding of intellectual disability improves.