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UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Australia is a party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Australia has to report to the United Nations every four years about what it has achieved.

People with disability, through their representative organisations can also report to the United Nations. This report is known as a Civil Society Shadow Report.

The B-HART accreditation package has three components.  All three components have been developed in consultation and collaboration with people with lived experience, interested providers and experienced sector development practitioners.

You can download the 2019 Shadow Report:

CRPD Shadow Report 2019 – English PDF
CRPD Shadow Report 2019 – English

CRPD Shadow Report 2019 – Plain English PDF
CRPD Shadow Report 2019 – Plain English

The Shadow Report looks 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 them below.

  1. Employment of People with Disability

  2. Forced Treatment and Restrictive Practices

  3. Inclusive Education

  4. Indefinite Detention of People with Disability

  5. Legal Capacity

  6. Implementation of the CRPD – Legislative and Policy Framework

  7. Discrimination against migrants and refugees with disability

  8. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

  9. Violence against People with Disability

  10. Forced sterilisation of people with disability and people with intersex variations

  11. Participation of People with Disability & Resourcing of DPOs

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