April 2012 | PWDA Submission to the Mid-Term Review of the AusAID Strategy: Development for All - Towards a Disability-Inclusive Australian Aid Program 2009-2014

In this submission, PWDA responded to questions posed in the AusAID Mid-Term Review of the Strategy: ‘Development for All - Towards a Disability-Inclusive  Australian Aid Program 2009 -2014’ Terms of Reference which looked at the extent to which AusAID policy and implementation has been in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), particularly in regards to the participation of people with disability and their representative organisations.

April 2012 | PWDA supports Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (AYAD)    

PWDA partnered with the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) program to support Stephanie Hubbard in her year-long role as a Communications and Marketing Officer with the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in Fiji. 

The AYAD Program is part of Australian Volunteers for International Development, an Australian Government, AusAID initiative.  To learn more about the AYAD program, visit

March 2012 | United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific (UN ESCAP) Regional Preparatory Meeting on the New Asian and Pacific Decade, 2013-2022

PWDA participated in the United Nations Regional Preparatory Meeting on the New Asian and Pacific Decade, 2013-2022, as part of a group of 15 international ‘Civil  Society Organisations’ (CSOs).  The meeting focused on reviewing the draft goals and targets to be included in the 'Incheon Strategy' for people with disability in the Asia Pacific. The Incheon Strategy is an action framework for the new Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, which will run from 2013 to 2022. The CSO’s wrote a unified joint statement on the draft Strategy at the meeting. The ‘CSO Joint Statement’ formed the basis for input to the meeting discussions and influenced the revised draft text of the Incheon Strategy.

The meeting also promoted the Regional efforts to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) through the ‘Make the Right Real Campaign’

The Incheon Strategy will be finalised at the ‘High Level Intergovernmental Meeting for the New Decade’, held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, 29 October to 2 November 2012.  PWDA will continue to have input to the New Decade of Persons with Disability in the Asia Pacific and strategies for implementation of the Convention in our region. 

October 2011 | Durban, South Africa Disabled Peoples' International 8th World Assembly

A delegation of Australian people with disability from PWDA and the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) represented Australia at the Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) 8th World Assembly in Durban, South Africa.