About Us

Click here to read about us in Easy English.

Below is a video version of this page. It’s also available with audio description on YouTube.

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is a national disability rights, advocacy and representative organisation that is made up of, led and governed by people with disability.

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.

We believe in the inclusion and representation of people who are vulnerable and those who are affected by the intersecting drivers of marginalisation and exclusion, including not restricted to race, religion, ethnicity, indigeneity, disability, age, displacement, caste, gender, gender identity, sexuality, sexual orientation, poverty, class and socio-economic status.”

Our members are people with disability, and organisations made up of people with disability. They are actively involved in PWDA, electing a board of people with disability every year. Many of our staff members are also people with disability.

Founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons, People with Disability Australia provides people with disability with a voice of our own. We have a cross-disability focus representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability. We are a non-profit, non-government organisation.

We work across Australia. PWDA also represents people with disability at the United Nations, particularly in relation to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and are a designated Disabled Persons Organisation. Please click here to view a copy of our constitution.

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Here’s an Auslan translation of the information on this page:

See our full Auslan playlist on Youtube.

Read more about us in our Annual reports and our Strategic Plan.

We are a founding member of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia, with First Peoples Disability Network, National Ethnic Disability Alliance and Women with Disabilities Australia.

PWDA acknowledges the traditional owners on whose land our offices are located. These include the Gadigal people, the Dharug people, the Tharawal people, the Ngunawal people, the Kalkadoon people, the Gureng Gureng people, the Badtjala people, the Gubbi Gubbi people and the Yuggera people. We also acknowledge elders past and present.

We received peak disability funding from the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments, advocacy funding via the National Disability Advocacy Program, a variety of specific project grants won through competitive government tendering processes, and from a growing number of individual, corporate and philanthropic donors including the Reichstein Foundation. This financial assistance is acknowledged with great appreciation.