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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - NGO Shadow Report

Leading disability organisations have partnered to form a project group which is compiling a Shadow Report on Australia's implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The overall aim of the Shadow Report is to make recommendations to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. These recommendations will provide the basis for the United Nations recommendations to the Australian Government regarding Australia's implementation of the Articles of the Convention. The main focus of the Shadow Report will be reporting the extent to which Australia has implemented its obligations under the CRPD and to provide recommendations for future action by the Australian Government.

The project group gratefully acknowledges the pro bono support DLA Phillips Fox in providing a team to draft the report and assist with facilitating consultations in each State and Territory in Australia. During 2010 the project group invited disability advocacy, representative, and legal organizations to provide information about the lived experience of their members, clients and constituents with disability. These stories will identify the degree to which persons with disabilities’ human rights are protected, respected and fulfilled.

A first draft of the Shadow Report has been completed and the project group is now working towards a final document. The release of the Shadow Report outlining the information collated, including recommendations, is expected in early 2011.

For further information contact:

Amelia Dixon, DLA Phillips Fox on (02) 9286 8590 or

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