United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
Australia signed up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2008.
Australia has to report to the United Nations every four years, and be reviewed on what it has achieved. This report is known as a Civil Society Shadow Report. A committee of independent experts, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Committee) does this review. People with disability, through their representative organisations, can also report to the UN to help the Committee review Australia. This report is known as a Civil Society Shadow Report.
2019 Civil Society CRPD Shadow Report
Australia was first reviewed in September 2013 and will be reviewed for the second time by the Committee in September 2019. The Australian Government Report has been provided to the Committee. This report is Australia’s response to a List of Issues that the Committee want to know about.
A Working Group made up of disability organisations from around Australia compiled a report titled Disability Rights Now 2019: Shadow Report to the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to provide the views of people with disability to the CRPD Committee.
You can download the Shadow Report below:
The Shadow Report is a comprehensive and wide-reaching look at the current state of disability rights in Australia. To zoom in on specific areas,a series of factsheets based on the report have been developed. You can download them below in Word Document format. Plain English translations will be available soon.
- Employment of People with Disability
- Forced Treatment and Restrictive Practices
- Inclusive Education
- Indefinite Detention of People with Disability
- Legal Capacity
- Implementation of the CRPD – Legislative and Policy Framework
- Discrimination against migrants and refugees with disability
- The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- Violence against People with Disability
- Forced sterilisation of people with disability and people with intersex variations
- Participation of People with Disability & Resourcing of DPOs
As part of its consultation with Australians with disability, the 2019 Shadow Report Working Group conducted an online survey. You can see the results of this survey here.
The 2019 Shadow Report Working Group was made up of:
- Advocacy for Inclusion
- Australian Centre for Disability Law (ACDL)
- Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO)
- Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA)
- Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA)
- Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia)
- NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (CID)
- Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI)
- Queensland Voice for Mental Health (QVMH)
Representatives from the Shadow Report Working Group will travel to Geneva in September 2019 as part of the Australian Shadow Report Delegation to speak to the UN Committee about the Shadow Report, and the important human rights issues affecting people with disability in Australia.
2013 Civil Society CRPD Shadow Report
The 2013 Shadow Report Disability Rights Now was launched in August 2012 and was endorsed by more than 80 organisations. It contains more than 130 recommendations that were developed over a three-year period. You are able to watch an Auslan video about the Report here.
The Working Group also made a submission on the List of Issues for Australia. This Submission consisted of 11 fact sheets addressing the 11 main areas of concern. Each fact sheet contained a list of suggested recommendations drawn primarily from the Disability Rights Now report.
- Access to justice
- Criminal justice and detention
- Disability support and living in the community
- Equal recognition before the law
- Inhuman treatment and restrictive practices
- Legislative and policy framework
- Respect for home and the family
- Violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation