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In early 2011, PWDA partnered with Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI), the Australian Centre for Disability Law (previously known as the Disability Discrimination Legal Centre NSW) and the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)  to develop and deliver key modules of a professional development curriculum for disability advocates on making complaints under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Following the development of these modules, PWDA delivered three one-day workshops for disability advocates called Rights enabled: realising  human rights for persons with disability.

These workshops, which took place in Sydney and Brisbane, incorporated a number of key aspects of the curriculum, such as:

  • Introduction to human rights and the United Nations system
  • Using human rights mechanisms for advocacy
  • Making CRPD complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Making CRPD complaints to the United Nations CRPD Committee

The aim of the workshops were to assist disability advocates understand the human rights system and how to use  it, with a particular emphasis on making complaints under the CRPD to the AHRC or to the United Nations CRPD Committee.

This project was made possible through funding provided by the Federal Attorney Generals Department under its Human Rights  Education Grants scheme.