People with disabilities are at risk of being disadvantaged in many areas of their lives. In 2008 Australia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). In doing so, Australia entered in to an international obligation to progressively realise the rights of people with disabilities and eliminate disability discrimination in all areas of life. In 2011, Australia published its National Disability Strategy (NDS) to achieve ‘an inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens’.
In this report we present new data which provides compelling evidence that, despite the lofty ideals expressed in the NDS and Australia’s ambitions when ratifying the UNCRPD, little or no progress has been made in reducing the relative disadvantage experienced by Australian adults with disabilities.