Human Rights Resources

Commemorate Human Rights Day – 10 December:

Human Rights Day – Australian Human Rights Commission; information from the Australian Human Rights Commission regarding what Human Rights Day is and activities and resources.

Australian Human Rights Commission Information:

About Disability RightsAustralian Human Rights Commission; information from the Australian Human Rights Commission regarding Disability Rights, including Acts, Guidelines, Actions Plans, UNCRPD and other useful links.

Disability Rights Links Australian Rights Commission; this website contains links to other websites that are external to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Know Your Rights: Aboriginal and Torres Strait IslandersAustralian Human Rights Commission; This brochure explains what racial discrimination is and what you can do it you experience it, as well as the work of the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Know Your Rights: Disability DiscriminationAustralian Human Rights Commission; This brochure explains what disability discrimination is and shares information on: how can I be protected from disability discrimination, what does the Disability Discrimination Act do?, how is ‘disability’ defined?, what is harassment?, what about discrimination and harassment at work?, when is disability discrimination not against the law?, what if I’m not able to do the tasks that make up the job?, what can I do if I experience discrimination?, what will happen with my complaint?, what can I do to prevent discrimination?, what about employers and other organisations?, where can I get more information?, complaints and disability discrimination legal services.

Older people and people with disabilities (UPR) Video – Australian Human Rights Commission; The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Australia’s Age Discrimination Commissioner, presents for Australia’s Universal Periodic Review (Nov 2020).

Rights & Freedoms and the Courts VideoAustralian Human Rights Commission; This animated video explains the role that Australian courts play in protecting human rights. This video was developed to complement ‘The Story of Our Rights and Freedoms’ classroom.

Rights of people with disability; Public sector guidance sheetAustralian Rights Commission; a fact sheet which includes information about rights including: What are rights of people with disability? / Where do the rights of people with disability come from? /When do I need to consider the rights of people with disability? /What is the scope of the rights people with disability? /Can the rights of people with disability be limited? /Which domestic laws relate to the rights of people with disability? /What other rights and freedoms relate to the rights of people with disability? /Articles from relevant Conventions /Where can I read more about the rights of persons with disabilities?

What are human rights?Australian Rights Commission; a webpage outlining what human rights are. Page includes links to external links, Conventions and fact sheets.

What are Human Rights Video – Australian Human Rights Commission; This animated video introduces the concept of human rights – what are they, where do they come from and why are they important in Australia today?

 

United Nations Convention:

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) – United Nations; the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the first binding international human rights instrument to explicitly address disability. The purpose of the CRPD is to ‘promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity’. The CRPD consolidates existing international human rights obligations and clarifies their application to people with disabilities, rather than creating ‘new’ rights.

Rights Under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability videoDARU; People with disability tell us what the rights are under the Convention.

UNCRPD Easy ReadUnited Nations; This paper is an EasyRead guide to the full agreement. It is not a legal paper. You need to look at the full agreement itself if you want to know what exactly the agreement says, or what countries have signed up to.

UNCRPD Children’s explanationUnicef; This publication explains the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to children. It’s main purpose is to empower children, with and without disabilities, to play their part in challenging discrimination and promoting the Convention’s principles.

UNCRPD AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language)Australian Government – Department of Social Services; Auslan translation videos of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – are available for free download. There are 12 videos available (approximately six minutes in length). They include four main segments.

Legislative and regulatory framework: United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesAustralian Government, Australian Law Reform Commission; the legislative and regulatory framework for the UNCRPD.

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) United Nations; The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in November 1989. The Convention came into force on 2 September 1990. The UNCRC is a legally-binding international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities.

 

Acts:

Disability Act 2006Australian Government; The main purposes of this Act are— (a) to provide a legislative scheme for persons with a disability which affirms and strengthens their rights and responsibilities and which is based on the recognition this requires support across the government sector and within the community; and (b) to provide a mechanism by which NDIS participants’ rights are protected in relation to the use of restrictive practices and compulsory treatment.

Disability Discrimination Act 1992Australian Government; The objects of this Act are: (a)  to eliminate, as far as possible, discrimination against persons on the ground of disability in the areas of: (i)  work, accommodation, education, access to premises, clubs and sport; and (ii)  the provision of goods, facilities, services and land; and (iii)  existing laws; and (iv)  the administration of Commonwealth laws and programs; and (b)  to ensure, as far as practicable, that persons with disabilities have the same rights to equality before the law as the rest of the community; and (c)  to promote recognition and acceptance within the community of the principle that persons with disabilities have the same fundamental rights as the rest of the community.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Act 2013National Disability Insurance Agency; is the legislation which establishes: The National Disability Insurance Scheme, and The National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency (known as the National Disability Insurance Agency or NDIA).

 

Apps:

Rights AppLexisNexis Australia; Rights App is a free quick reference guide to international human rights law: Google Play Linkor Apple Link

SunnyWomen with Disabilities Australia; Designed by and for women with disability, Sunny a new app that supports women with disability to learn about violence, know their rights and reach out for support.

 

Auslan resources:

UNCRPD AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language)Australian Government – Department of Social Services; Auslan translation videos of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – are available for free download. There are 12 videos available (approximately six minutes in length). They include four main segments.

 

Charters:

Australian Charter of Healthcare RightsAustralian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare; The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights describes the rights of patients and other people using the Australian health system. These rights are essential to make sure that, wherever and whenever care is provided, it is of high quality and is safe.

 

Easy English / Read:

All about audits: information for people who use disability servicesAustralian Government, Department of Social Services; This Easy Read booklet explains quality assurance and the auditing of advocacy agencies funded under the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) and disability employment services.  It aims to assist people with disability who are receiving support to understand the auditing process, the role of the audit team, and the role that they can play in providing input into the audit.

National Standards for Disability Services: Easy English version – Australian Government, Department of Social Services; a PDF of the booklet that includes photographs and graphics to assist in explaining the concepts associated with the National Standards for Disability Services.

National Standards for Disability Services: Easy English PostersAustralian Government, Department of Social Services; Promotional posters for display in the workplace. Print-ready files have been created with crop marks.

What is an audit and what does it mean for you?Australian Government, Department of  Social Services; This Easy Read factsheet is designed for people with disability who are receiving support from advocacy agencies funded under the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP), and disability employment services.  It aims to provide a brief summary of the role that they can play and where to find further information about quality assurance audits.

Your Rights Toolkit, Easy EnglishWWDA; This set of books are about your rights. There is a lot of information about your rights. Information is in 4 books for women and girls with disability.

Your rights when you buy something: Easy EnglishACCC; This guide explains your consumer rights and the steps you can take to resolve problems. It is written in Easy English, which is more accessible for people who have difficulty reading and understanding written information.

 

Guidelines:

A brief guide to the Disability Discrimination ActAustralian Human Rights Commission; The links from this page provide a brief outline of the DDA, generally and as it applies to a number of areas of life: What’s it all about, What areas of life does the DDA cover, Who does the DDA protect? Earning a living, Getting an education, Buying goods and using services, Joining in, A place to live, The ins and outs of access, FAQ on the National Relay Service, A responsible government and Complaints and conciliation

A guide to competition and consumer law: for businesses selling to and supplying consumers with disabilityACCC; This guide is for businesses, including Not-For-Profit organisations, that supply goods or services to consumers with disability or to participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme. It aims to help these businesses understand their obligations under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) and the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

Guideline for promoting compliance of bus stops with the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 – Australian Human Rights Commission; The Australian Human Rights Commission (‘the Commission’) has produced this Guideline on those aspects of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT) that relate to bus stops following a period of extensive consultation with a wide range of individuals and organisations. 

National Standards for Disability Services, Evidence Guide – Australian Government, Department of Social Services; A guide to support staff and service providers understand and apply the National Standards to their work and services.

New guidelines for the rights of people with disability during COVID-19Australian Human Rights Commission; New guidelines to support the rights of people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic have been released today by Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Ben Gauntlett. 

Regulated Restrictive Practices GuideNDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission; This guide explains what a restrictive practice is, and sets out information on the five types of regulated restrictive practices. It will assist registered NDIS providers and NDIS behaviour support practitioners to meet their obligations under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act 2013) and relevant Rules.

Transport for People with DisabilityAustralian Government, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications; information regarding transport for people with disability, including links to National Strategy, Public Transport Disability Standards, Current Developments, Reviews of Standards and additional links.

World Wide Web Access: Disability Discrimination Act Advisory Notes ver 4.1 (2014) Australian Human Rights Commission; These advisory notes are issued by the Australian Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) under section 67(1)(k) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (“the DDA”), which authorises the Commission to issue guidelines for the purpose of avoiding discrimination. These Advisory Notes are intended to assist individuals and organisations involved in the ownership or development of web resources, by clarifying the requirements of the DDA in this area, and explaining how compliance with them can be best achieved.

 

Rights information:

Consumers with disability rights linksACCC.

How to Stand Up for Your RightsOur Site.

Human RightsWWDA.

Our site, your rightsWWDA.

Stand up for your rightsVision Australia.

WWDA Position Statement 1: The Right to Freedom from All Forms of Violence WWDA.

WWDA Position Statement 2: The Right to Decision-MakingWWDA.

WWDA Position Statement 3: The Right to ParticipationWWDA.

Your consumer rights: a guide for consumers with disability –  ACCC.

 

Standards:

Disability StandardsAustralian Human Rights Commission; The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) is supplemented by a series of Disability Standards and Guidelines. These provide more detail on rights and responsibilities about equal access and opportunity for people with a disability. Standards are legally binding regulations set by the Attorney-General under the DDA.

Disability Standards for EducationAustralian Government; These Standards are formulated by the Commonwealth Attorney-General under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the Act). The Act seeks to eliminate, as far as possible, discrimination against people with disabilities. Under section 22 of the Act, it is unlawful for an educational authority to discriminate against a person on the ground of the person’s disability or a disability of any associates of that person. The Disability Standards for Education 2005 clarify the obligations of education and training providers, and seek to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students.

Equivalent Access under the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Cth) GuidelineAustralian Rights Commission; These Guidelines have been developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) to provide clear and practical assistance to facilitate compliance with the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Cth) (the Transport Standards) through the use of equivalent access. These Guidelines are distinct from the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport Guidelines 2004 (No. 3) (Cth) (Transport Standards Guidelines), which seek to provide general guidance on the Transport Standards.

Information on the National Standards for Disability ServicesAustralian Government, Department of Social Services; These standards have a greater focus on person centered approaches and promote choice and control by people with disability. These are considered critical under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The National Standards underwent extensive consultation, validation and user testing, culminating in a set of six standards that are able to be applied across a broad range of circumstances. They are Rights, Participation and Inclusion, Individual Outcomes, Feedback and Complaints, Service Access & Service Management.

National Standards for Disability Services Australian Government, Department of Social Services; The National Standards for Disability Services (National Standards) will help to promote and drive a nationally consistent approach to improving the quality of services. They focus on rights and outcomes for people with disability.

National Standards for Disability Services: Conversation ToolAustralian Government, Department of Social Services; A short guide for workers and teams with direct client contact to consider how best to promote the National Standards and engage people in conversations about the standards.

National Standards for Disability Services: Easy English – Australian Government, Department of Social Services; a PDF of the booklet that includes photographs and graphics to assist in explaining the concepts associated with the National Standards for Disability Services.

National Standards for Disability Services: Easy English PostersAustralian Government, Department of Social Services; Promotional posters for display in the workplace. Print-ready files have been created with crop marks.

National Standards for Disability Services, Evidence Guide – Australian Government, Department of Social Services; A guide to support staff and service providers understand and apply the National Standards to their work and services.

National Standards for Disability Services: Self Assessment WorksheetsAustralian Government, Department of Social Services; These worksheets have been developed for service providers to assess their compliance with the National Standards. Developed in a template style, they list each standard and indicator of practice and provide space for providers to include examples of evidence that support compliance, together with any improvement actions that might need to be taken.

National Standards for Disability Services: translations Australian Government, Department of Social Services; The National Standards for Disability Services has been translated into 15 languages: Arabic, Assyrian, Chinese (simplified), Croatian, Farsi, Greek, Khmer, Korean, Italian, Macedonian, Serbian, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Resources for schools and families about the Disability Standards for Education 2005Australian Government: Department for Education, Skills and Employment; the fact sheets can help students, parents, and schools to understand the Education Standards and ensure that students with disability can access and participate in school education on the same basis as other students. There guidance notes provide additional material to help education providers interpret and comply with the Standards.

 

Toolkits:

Disability Inclusion ToolkitPeople with Disability Australia.

Human Rights Toolkit InformationWWDA.

Human Rights Toolkit for Women and Girls with DisabilityWWDA.

 

Webinars:

Balancing Human Rights During COVID19 – Australian Human Rights Commission; The Commission is proud to present this special 2020 Rights Talk, sponsored by Lexis Nexis. Join our panel of distinguished speakers as they consider the issues and solutions from a human rights perspective in this live online event.

 

Website links:

Australian Centre for Disability Lawhttps://disabilitylaw.org.au/

Australian Human Rights Commission https://humanrights.gov.au/

Community Legal Centres Australia https://clcs.org.au/

Disability Rights, Australian Human Rights Commissionhttps://humanrights.gov.au/our-work/disability-rights?_ga=2.165711486.176164533.1605422574-1595321662.1599117788

Our sitehttps://oursite.wwda.org.au/

People with Disability Australia – https://pwd.org.au/

Women with Disabilities Australiahttps://wwda.org.au/

 

State and Territory Commission Websites:

ACT Human Rights Commission Website – ACT Human Rights Commission

Equal Opportunity Commission South Australia Website – Equal Opportunity Commission South Australia

Equal Opportunity Tasmania Website– Equal Opportunity Tasmania

New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board Website – New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board

Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission Website – Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission.

Queensland Human Rights Commission Website – Queensland Human Rights Commission

Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission Website – Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission

Western Australia Equal Opportunity Commission Website – Western Australia Equal Opportunity Commission