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. A Working Group made up of disability organisations from around Australia compiled a report titled Disability Rights Now 2019: Shadow Report to the UNCRPD 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 Fact Sheets based on the report have been developed. You can download the Fact Sheets in Word and in Plain English.
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)