Agents of our own Destiny: Activism and the road to the Disability Royal Commission

This research report is about the disability rights movement and the history of disability activism and advocacy in Australia.

Section 1 outlines the history of disability activism from 1971 to 1991, including the UN International Year of Disabled Persons in 1981.

Section 2 focuses on advocacy and successes of the disability rights movement between 1991 and 2011, including the passage of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

Section 3 looks at the period between 2011 and 2019 and covers the campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The report notes that after several scandals and media reports about violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability, a Senate Inquiry was set up in 2015. This inquiry investigated violence against people with disability in institutional settings.

In 2019 the Disability Royal Commission was established.
The report highlights how hard people with disability, advocates and activists have fought for the same rights as others, and to gain the protections offered by equality, inclusion and justice. It also reminds us of how important the outcomes of the Royal Commission will be for hundreds of thousands of Australians with disability.

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Disability Royal Commission

Disability Royal Commission

Date published:
Tue 2nd Nov, 2021