The Australian Civil Society Parallel Report Group is a collaboration of Australian Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs), disability advocacy organisations, disability legal centres and human rights organisations.  

From 2–13 September 2013, representatives from the Australian Civil Society Parallel Report Group will attend the 10th Session of the Committee to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), in Geneva.

The Australian Civil Society Parallel Report Group delegation to Geneva for the Committee’s 10th session consists of 10 people. The first three of the delegates listed below are part of the Parallel Report Group, ‘Disability Rights Now’. The following four delegates were selected from a competitive Expression of Interest process. The final three are observer delegates, who are self-funding their participation to provide additional support:

  • Damian Griffis, First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN)
  • Rosemary Kayess, Australian Centre for Disability Law (ACDL)
  • Therese Sands, People with Disability Australia (PWDA)
  • Brett Casey, Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN)
  • Carolyn Frohmader, Women With Disability Australia (WWDA)
  • David Heckendorf, People with Disability Australian Capital Territory (PWD ACT)
  • Judy Huett, Speak Out Tasmania
  • Paul Cain, National Council on Intellectual Disability (NCID)
  • Stephen Gianni, Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO)
  • Raja Relf, Physical Disability Australia (PDA)

The Parallel Report Group Response to the List of Issues

The Parallel Report Group has made a submission to the CRPD Committee for its 10th session. It is in the form of a Response to the questions or ‘List of Issues’ that Australia was asked to provide more information on by the Committee at the 9th session in April 2013. The Response is based on the comprehensive information contained in Disability Rights Now, which represents the views of people with disability from across Australia.

The submission consists of 11 Fact Sheets that update the 11 priority areas of concern that have been identified by the Parallel Report Group and which were previously outlined in the submission on the List of Issues for the Committee’s 9th session. Each Fact Sheet provides information on the priority area of concern, references to the relevant CRPD articles, references to the relevant questions raised by the List of Issues and references to specific paragraphs of Disability Rights Now where further information can be sought. Each Fact Sheet also contains a list of suggested Recommendations for that priority area of concern drawn primarily from the Disability Rights Now Report. It also includes an Annex providing references to relevant sections in Disability Rights Now for each of the 50 questions on the List of Issues.


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