Australia signed up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2008. This means Australia has made a commitment to protect and promote our rights. The main way that Australian Governments are doing this is through the National Disability Strategy.
Every four years, Australia has to report to the United Nations (UN) and be reviewed on what it has achieved. A committee of independent experts, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Committee) does this review. People with disability, through their representative organisations, can also report to the UN to help the Committee review Australia. This report is known as a civil society Shadow Report.
We are part of the Shadow Report Working Group which is creating this year’s Shadow Report to the Committee, and in August, we will travel to Geneva as part of the Australian Shadow Report Delegation to speak to the UN Committee about the Shadow Report, and the important human rights issues affecting people with disability in Australia.
We are now seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified people with disability, to be included in the delegation to represent the Shadow Report to the UN CRPD Committee. We are accepting EOIs until midday on Tuesday 25th June 2019. Please talk about how you fit the selection criteria in your application.
For more details and to see the selection criteria, you can download the call for EOIs in a Word document here. You can also download a Plain English version here. Please feel free to share these documents with others who might be interested.