A Rights Based Approach

Canberra is a proud human rights jurisdiction committed to implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020. The CRPD and the National Disability Strategy demand us to take action to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of the rights and freedoms of all people with disability.


What the community said

We have consulted with people with disability and the community, and they have told us to aim high and become a world leader in social and economic participation for people with disability.

People told us we need to acknowledge the contribution made by people with a disability, and put people with disability at the centre of decision-making about their lives.

People told us they wanted to shift the emphasis from barriers and exclusion to shared responsibility, opportunities and action.

2015-2017 priorities

We have priority areas for action.
Our priorities for 2015-2017 are:

  • JOBS & SKILL DEVELOPMENT: we will work to create more jobs and opportunities to grow and develop
  • HOUSING: we will work to increase access to affordable and accessible housing
  • IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME: We will work to prepare people with disability to exercise greater choice and control through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Other priority areas for 2015-2017 are:

  • JUSTICE: we will work to increase access to justice on an equal basis
  • INCLUSIVE AND ACCESSABLE COMMUNITIES: we will work to create a welcoming and accessible Canberra community in which to work, live and play.
  • HEALTH AND WELLBEING: we will work to create change so people with disability can experience better health and wellbeing outcomes throughout their lives.

The story so far

Involve will build upon the progress we have made under our Inclusion Plan Future Directions: Towards Challenge . While we have made significant inroads we know there is more to do.

Involve will pick up where Future Directions left off as we continue with renewed focus to work towards better outcomes for people with disability in our community.

Key projects we will continue to progress include:

  • continuation of the ACT Chief Minister Inclusion Awards
  • working with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to pilot innovative housing options for people with disability
  • considering regulating minimum accessibility requirements for detached housing and accessibility in the design of new public buildings and public spaces
  • ongoing development of flexible transport options
  • continuation of the disability awareness initiatives, Everyone Everyday Disability Awareness Program and Disability Confidence Canberra
  • supported decision making pilot
  • Enhancing the Child Development Service to support children birth-6 years at risk of developmental delay, but not eligible for the NDIS, and
  • transition of Government delivered disability and therapy services to the non-government sector
  • Ensuring the ACT Office for Disability serves the needs of the ACT community.

Our principles

  1. Canberra is a proud human rights jurisdiction that upholds the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and places people with disabilities at the centre of decision-making about their lives
  2. We celebrate disability and seek to remove the social barriers that prevent people with disability participating economically and socially as full and equal citizens
  3. With the right supports and networks, everyone can participate in our community
  4. We recognise that people with disability may face multiple disadvantages - including women with disability, children and young people who are potentially more vulnerable to risk of abuse or exploitation - and that services, supports and engagement must be tailored accordingly
  5. We work in partnership to recognise and respond to the needs of people with disability who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; culturally and linguistically diverse; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer.
  6. Everyone benefits when the environments in which we work, live and play are welcoming and inclusive
  7. People with disability make valuable contributions that strengthen and promote the economic, social and cultural life in our community as parents, employees, employers and leaders
  8. Enabling people with disability to achieve their full potential will give Canberra a competitive edge and promote our status as the world's most liveable city
  9. By creating and strengthening a diverse community, Canberra can lead the way in being a socially inclusive, equitable and accessible community that enriches the lives of people with disability
  10. Everyone has a role in making a Canberra community where people with disability have equal rights and can achieve a better future

View an Easy English version of the Commitment here
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