Legislation, Policies and Rights


Supporting Justice – People with cognitive impairment and intellectual disability have the right to be treated fairly in the criminal justice system in Victoria. Supporting Justice provides practical resources to help people in the criminal justice system get fairer outcomes and needs-based support (RMIT University, Centre for Innovative Justice).

Law Handbook – Legal Services SA.

Going to Court about your Child’s Welfare – Easy Read Guide – The Legal Services Commission of South Australia has developed a new easy read guide for parents and guardians when the Department for Child Protection has made an application to the court asking for custody or guardianship of their child. This new resource is also available on the Legal Services SA website.

Taking Action on Disability Discrimination – This booklet presents easy to read information on the laws and processes that protect people from unlawful discrimination in Victoria. © 2018 Disability Discrimination, Legal Service Inc. Published by DARU, print and online, June 2018.

My Rights QLD: Information about rights of people with disability in Qld – ADA Australia

We Can Help – Multi-access legal assistance video – The information in this film is delivered verbally, in Auslan and with subtitles. Notably, the film caters to people who have difficulty processing large amounts of visual information. The film is shot simply in black-and-white, edited at a very measured pace, and presents information clearly with minimal distractions.

Rights on Show – a resource about legal rights and the criminal justice system. It was created for people with intellectual disability, cognitive impairment and complex communication needs. The resource includes photo stories and easy read English fact sheets. South Australian laws regarding communication assistance in police interviews is demonstrated for the first time. Created by the Legal Services Commission and SAPOL.

Australian Human Rights Commission

AccountABILITY Toolkit – This toolkit seeks to empower women with disabilities and organisations working on their behalf, to make use of available U.N. human rights mechanisms.

Human Rights Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector. 


United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013

Disability Act (2006) Victoria, including Disability Regulations 2018.

Disability Service Safeguards Bill 2018 (Vic)

Disability Services Act (2006) Qld.

Disability Inclusion Regulations 2019 (under the Disability Inclusion Act 2018)

Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) – An Act to promote the full inclusion in the community of people with disability.

Disability Services Act (1993) WA

Disability Inclusion Act (2014) NSW

Disability Services Act, NT

Disability Discrimination Act (1992)

Disability Discrimination Act, 25th Anniversary Easy Read Version – To celebrate the Disability Discrimination Act’s 25th anniversary, the Council for Intellectual Disability in NSW has released a new guide to the Act in Easy Read. Easy Read presents information using easy words in lots of white space with supporting graphics.


The Disability Justice Plan (SA) – and associated guidelines Supporting vulnerable witnesses in the giving of evidence: Guidelines for securing best evidence for investigative interviewers working with vulnerable witnesses, were launched in June 2014. The plan, guidelines and linked changes to the law provide a comprehensive approach designed to provide enhanced support for vulnerable witnesses who are in contact with the criminal justice system.

Access and Inclusion Index 2017-18 Benchmark Report – Australian Network on Disability (AND), May 2018.

National Disability Agreement (2012) – The NDA is a high-level agreement between the Commonwealth and state and territory
governments relating to the provision of disability services for people with disability. It is a key accountability mechanism for the achievement of outcomes in the disability services sector, supported by Commonwealth and state own source funding provided separate to the agreement.

National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 – All governments are committed to a national approach to supporting people with disability to maximise their potential and participate as equal citizens in Australian society.

National Standards for Disability 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, Evidence Guide – This Guide is for staff working in disability service provision. It has been designed to support individual, team and organisational reflection, planning and review. Services may need to change their practice and operations to meet the standards.