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LIV makes a formal submission to the Royal Commission into Disability

LIV makes a formal submission to the Royal Commission into Disability

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Disabled Persons 

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The LIV has made a submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with a Disability. The submission is the culmination of multiple LIV Sections working together over the past year, including members of the Disability, Elder, Health, Criminal, Workplace Relations, and Administrative and Human Rights Law Sections.

The submission provides a journey map of individuals’ experiences (case studies) in navigating the legal and justice system. Through these case studies it is hoped the LIV’s submission will shed light on previously unheard experiences of people with a disability.

The case studies which derive from the LIV’s membership base, identify common problems. In particular, a failure to identify and address drivers of mental health issues, a critical need for additional funding, a lack of information needed to access legal services, and barriers to accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Among several recommendations, the LIV advocates for a new national comprehensive human rights framework, that fully incorporates the International Convention on the Rights of People with Disability (CRPD) into domestic law. This would signal a paradigm shift towards implementing national human-rights orientated standards in the disability sector.

The submission can be read here.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Disability Committee, you can apply to join by emailing dehlawsection@liv.asn.au with your LIV member number and a copy of your resume (with personal details redacted).


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