- Health, welfare and justice issues for Indigenous Australians
- Domestic violence against women and children
- The level of resources provided by government to Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs)
- Forced sterilisation of children and women with disability
- Access to justice for people with disability
- Political participation and voting rights
- Segregated employment
- The existence and re-emergence of institutional living arrangements
- Poverty and disadvantage
- Immigration practice and treatment of refugees
- Data collection mechanisms across government
- CRPD monitoring mechanisms and DPO inclusion
The Disability Discrimination Commissioner
, Mr Graeme Innes was then invited by the Government Delegation to provide his independent closing statement
. This statement highlighted the positive reform measures that Australia had undertaken. It also outlined key areas for improvement, particularly in relation to poverty, employment participation, access to justice, the use of restrictive practices and violence in institutions.
Importantly, on many of these issues, the Commissioner endorsed the views in our parallel report, Disability Rights Now
and supported our recommendations.
In the afternoon, we met with the South Korean NGO Delegation to share experiences of the review process. The South Korean NGO Delegation is preparing its parallel report and was interested to learn about the process taken by Australian NGOs.
The final meeting of the day was held with Mr Facundo Chavez, the Human Rights and Disability Officer from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
. Mr Chavez outlined the work of this disability focal point within the OHCHR and discussed key priorities, such as the inclusion of disability in the post 2015 development agenda.
On behalf of the Australian Civil Society Parallel Report Group Delegation