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People with disability

Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that people with a disability are entitled to the fulfilment of the same rights as every other individual. 
Community Legal Centres Queensland supports the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Community Legal Centres Queensland advocates

  • funding for respectful care for all persons;
  • accessible public housing;
  • the end of ‘forced co-tenancy’;
  • elimination of ‘restrictive practices’ currently regulated under the Disability Services Act 2006;
  • that service delivery in the Disability Services Act 2006 should reflect human rights principles;
  • the full funding and implementation of the NDIS and NIIS, including:
  • Early diagnosis and commitment to provision of adequate levels of appropriate support throughout life;
  • Persons with disability have control, to their maximum extent possible, over support services provided
  • inclusion of people with disabilities in all areas of public life;
  • the expansion of anti-discrimination legislation to enhance human rights of people with disabilities;
  • supported decision-making for people with impaired capacity;
  • adequate treatment and/or support for people in prison with a disability.
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Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission: Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws

PDF icon Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission: Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws
This submission responds to a number of the questions raised in the Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws Issues Paper, and provides real examples of laws and legal frameworks that deny or diminish the equal recognition of people with disability as persons before the law and their ability to exercise legal capacity.

Access to justice in the criminal justice system for people with disability

PDF icon Access to justice in the criminal justice system for people with disability
Together with the National Association of Community Legal Centres, Community Legal Centres Queensland provided a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission on the human rights of people with disability in the justice system in August 2013. The case studies, sourced from CLCs across Australia, demonstrate that many people with disability who require communication supports, or who have complex and multiple support needs, are not having their rights protected and are not being treated equally in the criminal justice system.

Letter to Minister Tracy Davis and AG Jarrod Bleijie re Disability Justice Strategy

PDF icon Letter to Minister Tracy Davis and AG Jarrod Bleijie re Disability Justice Strategy
Community Legal Centres Queensland supports the development of a Disability Justice Statement for Queensland, as recommended by the Australian Human Rights Commission's inquiry into people with disability in the criminal justice system.

Submission to Australian Law Reform Commission: Equality, Capacity and Disability

PDF icon Submission to Australian Law Reform Commission: Equality, Capacity and Disability
With other community legal centre peaks, we support the high-level approach taken by the ALRC to a 'supported decision-making' framework, and identify factors to be considered when looking at how any such model would operate in practice.

Joint Statement regarding BSWAT

Microsoft Office document icon Joint Statement regarding BSWAT
Thousands of people with intellectual disability who work in Australian Disability Enterprises have been paid less than they would have earned if their wages had been determined using a fair assessment tool. Community Legal Centres Queensland joined with disability advocacy organisations to oppose a new Bill that will strip wages from workers with intellectual disability.

Recommendation that QLRC examine people with disabilities' rights in Magistrates Court matters

PDF icon Recommendation that QLRC examine people with disabilities' rights in Magistrates Court matters
Community Legal Centres Queensland has suggested that the Queensland Law Reform Commission examines the lack of equality when it comes to judging a person’s fitness to plead, with different processes and systems for people charged with summary and indictable crimes.

Submission to review of the National Disability Advocacy Program

In June 2016, we joined with Communty Legal Centres NSW, the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic) and NACLC to respond to the Department of Social Services’ Discussion Paper on the National... > more