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Using the Human Rights Act to advocate for clients with a disability

The Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) (the Act) will not be a panacea, but it creates important opportunities to address human rights violations of vulnerable Queenslanders, including people with disability. With the commencement of the obligations under this legislation from 1 January 2020, the Act will be another tool for advocates to use to protect and defend the rights of people with disability.


This webinar will be presented by Emma Phillips, Principal Solicitor at Queensland Advocacy Incorporated, and will cover the following topics:

  • understanding rights in the Act that are particularly relevant for people with disability;
  • what you need to know to use the Act in advocacy for people with disability, including in supporting decision-making in key areas of their lives;
  • the complaints process under the Act; and
  • strategic considerations.

Participants will engage with factual scenarios that will develop understanding of some of the circumstances in which the Act can be used in advocacy to assist people with disability. 

Thursday, January 30, 2020
1pm - 2pm
Community Legal Centres Queensland
Guest speakers:

Emma Phillips is Principal Solicitor at Queensland Advocacy Incorporated, a disability advocacy organisation and specialist community legal centre. Emma holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Government) from the Universeity of Queensland and a PhD in human rights law from La Trobe University. She commenced her career working in private practice, specialising in discrimination and industrial law and has worked in the community legal sector for many years. Emma has a keen interest in human rights protections for vulnerable people and was actively involved in the campaign for a Human Rights Act in Queensland.