Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate-General
Switzerland, Liechtenstein


Human Rights Council - 28th Regular Session

Annual Interactive Debate on the rights of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community

Australian Statement

10 March 2015

Australia thanks the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for their report on the thematic study on the right of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community.

Australia is committed to maximising opportunities for people with disability to live independently and participate in the economic, social and cultural life of the community, including improved access to education, health services and employment.

Through the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020, Commonwealth, state and territory governments have a shared vision for an inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.

Australia is committed to ensuring that people with disability have access to a range of supports to assist them to live independently and actively engage in their communities.

Australia is pleased to note the report’s acknowledgement of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, which will provide persons with disabilities with individualised planning support to identify suitable and necessary services based on their functional needs rather than on diagnosis.

The NDIS will improve opportunities for Australians with disability to determine what is in their best interests. They will have increased choice and control over the planning and delivery of their supports, including the ability to take reasonable risks, and to select supports that best meet their individual needs and preferences.