Close Search
 
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  Governance

Human Rights Disability Forum Announced


15 July 2014 at 11:59 am
Staff Reporter
Human Rights Commissioner Susan Ryan has begun her term as Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner, announcing she will convene a National Disability Forum in September to meet with people with disabilities and their representative bodies.

Staff Reporter | 15 July 2014 at 11:59 am


0 Comments


 Print
Human Rights Disability Forum Announced
15 July 2014 at 11:59 am

Human Rights Commissioner Susan Ryan has begun her term as Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner, announcing she will convene a National Disability Forum in September to meet with people with disabilities and their representative bodies.

Ryan says she want to reinvigorate a national discussion about creating opportunities for people with disabilities to enter the workplace.

The Former Labor Minister and Human Rights Commissioner is replacing the full-time Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes, who retired from the post last week.

In his final speech after almost nine years in the role, Inness called for a national jobs plan to make it safer for people with disability to venture off the Disability Support Pension and into work.

“It is important that we have this discussion at a time when the Government is considering significant changes to the welfare system, including the disability support pension,” Ryan said in announcing the Forum.

“The only way we can reduce welfare dependency is to address the barriers to paid employment that are faced by people with disabilities.

“These barriers start from the moment a person leaves their house: is there reliable, accessible transport to get to work? It continues as they reach a workplace: Is the workplace design accessible? Are there flexible workplace practices that can accommodate people’s distinct needs? And it continues on with prevailing attitudes and stereotypes about what people with disabilities are capable (or more commonly, deemed incapable) of achieving.

“We know that the cumulative effect of these barriers is that too many talented Australians are not in the workforce when they could be.”  

In preparation for the forum the Australian Human Rights Commission says it will shortly release a survey asking people with disabilities to identify the key issues that they face, especially in relation to access to jobs.

It says the information will be used to inform discussion at the National Disability Forum and to guide the development of the Commission’s future work priorities in advancing the rights of people with disabilities.

“I look forward to continuing the Commission’s work under the Disability Discrimination Act,” Ryan said.

“Initially, I will do so by focusing on the area where there has been inadequate progress over the past 20 years – creating employment opportunities.”

Susan Ryan was appointed as Australia’s first Age Discrimination Commissioner on July 30, 2011 for a five-year term.

Up until her appointment as Commissioner, she had been Women’s Ambassador for ActionAid Australia and chaired the Australian Human Rights Group since 2008. She had also chaired the Australian Human Rights Act Campaign Inc since 2005.

From 1975 to 1988, Ryan was Senator for the ACT, becoming the first woman to hold a Cabinet post in a Federal Labor Government. She served in senior portfolios in the Hawke Government as Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women and Special Minister of State.



PB Careers
Get your biweekly dose of news, opinion and analysis to keep you up to date with what’s happening and why it matters for you, sent every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers? Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au or download our contributor guidelines.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Here’s how you can govern through a crisis

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 16th September 2020 at 5:48 pm

Close to 150,000 jobs at risk due to welfare cuts

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 15th September 2020 at 5:02 pm

JobSeeker recipients fear push back under poverty line

Maggie Coggan

Friday, 11th September 2020 at 4:51 pm

Directors’ obligations this reporting season

Travis Rickard

Thursday, 10th September 2020 at 7:00 am

pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook
×

We need your help.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Pro Bono Australia has seen a devastating fall in advertising and less people posting on our job board, which is how we fund our free news service. You can show us that you value the work we do by making a contribution.

 Make a contribution 

You have Successfully Subscribed!