People with disability are entitled to the fulfilment of the same rights as every other individual. Around one in five Australians has a disability. The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person because of their impairment.
Impairment discrimination can direct and indirect. Direct discrimination is treating a person less favourably because of their impairment than someone in similar circumstances without an impairment. Indirect discrimination may be less obvious. Sometimes a rule or policy seems to treat everyone the same, but in fact, some people end up being treated less favourably.
Several Queensland community legal centres provide legal advice and assistance on disability law – search our directory to find legal help.
Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) provides advocacy support services to people with disability, including its NDIS Appeal Support Program and Disability Royal Commission Advocacy Program. Find out more on its website.
Listed below are a range of resources that provide additional information on disability.
Queensland Law Handbook:
Human Rights of People with Disability
Queensland Human Rights Commission:
What is impairment discrimination?
Your Story Legal Support:
empowers people with disability to safely share their story with the Disability Royal Commission and connect with local support services.
Disability Law Queensland:
Women with Disabilities position paper:
The Status of Women and Girls with Disability in Australia
QAI NDIS factsheets