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Rights and Acts

About Disability Rights

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 protects individuals across Australia from direct and indirect discrimination in many parts of public life, such as employment, education and access to premises.

The Act makes harassment on the basis of disability against the law.  It also protects friends, relatives and others form discrimination because of their connection to someone with a disability.

Australian Human Rights Commission


People with disabilities have the same human rights as all members of the community.

Disability Rights- The Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission leads the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. This Act makes disability discrimination unlawful and aims to promote equal rights, opportunity and access for people with disabilities.

The Commission also has major responsibilities under the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Complaints about discrimination and breaches of human rights can be made to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The Commission also performs a wide range of functions to assist organisations and individuals to understand their rights and meet their legal responsibilities.

We conduct public inquiries, negotiate disability guidelines and standards, support organisations to develop Disability Action Plans and run community education programs.

This work is led by Graeme Innes AM, the Disability Discrimination Commissioner.


Persons with disabilities share the

same human rights

What is a human right?

It's OK to Complain

ODSC Victoria 209

Disability Services Commissioner:

About Us Auslan Version

ODSC Victoria 2009

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Disability Discrimination