Our Vision

We have a vision of a socially just, accessible and inclusive community, in which the human rights, belonging, contribution, potential and diversity of all people with disability are recognised, respected and celebrated with pride.

Our Purpose

Our purpose as a leading disability rights, advocacy and representative organisation of and for all people with disability, is to strive for the realisation of our vision of a socially just, accessible and inclusive community.

Our Core Values

We believe that people with disability, irrespective of age, gender, cultural or linguistic background, religious beliefs, geographic location, sexuality, or the nature, origin, or degree of disability:

  • have a right to life and to bodily integrity;
  • are entitled to a decent standard of living, an adequate income and to lead active and satisfying lives;
  • are people first, with human, legal, and service user rights that must be recognised and respected;
  • are entitled to the full enjoyment of our citizenship rights and responsibilities;
  • are entitled to live free from prejudice, discrimination and vilification;
  • are entitled to social support and adjustments as a right and not as the result of pity, charity or the exercise of social control;
  • contribute substantially to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social diversity and well-being of our community;
  • possess many skills and abilities, and have enormous potential for life-long growth and development;
  • are entitled to live in, and be a part of, the diversity of the community;
  • have the right to participate in the formulation of those policies and programs that affect our lives; and
  • must be empowered to exercise our rights and  responsibilities, without fear of retribution.

Our Principles

In realising our vision, purpose and core values, we are guided by the following principles:

  • We are passionate, innovative and fearless in the promotion and defence of the rights and interests of people with disability
  • We are accessible and responsive to our community, and inclusive of its diversity
  • We encourage, empower and support the civic participation of people with disability
  • We are collaborative and supportive in our relationships within the disability rights movement as a whole
  • We are accountable for our activities to our members, to people with disability generally and to the public
  • We always act with honesty and integrity
  • We are resourceful and efficient in the marshalling and management of the resources needed to undertake our work.

Aims of People with Disability Australia (PWDA)

The Association is an organisation of, and for, all people with disability, and has as its major aims empowerment and promotion of the rights of people with disability and the creation of a society in which people with disability can fully participate.

Objectives of People with Disability Australia (PWDA)

The Association shall take all measures deemed necessary to achieve its  aims, including:

  1. Advocating on behalf of people with disability, particularly where their rights have been infringed;
  2. Developing education programs and support services for people with disability to ensure they have equality of opportunity within the community;
  3. Promoting access to proper and adequate representation of people with disability on all bodies which make decisions that affect their lives;
  4. Encouraging the development and coordination of self-help groups of people with disability;
  5. Providing information, advice and practical assistance to any person with disability whose personal circumstances require such services.  The services shall not be limited to members of the Association;
  6. Fostering communication and cooperation with other community organisations with similar aims;
  7. All such things as are lawful and conducive to the attainment of the aims of the Association.