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Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

Australia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 17 July 2008, making us one of the first Western countries to do so. By ratifying the convention, Australia joined other countries around the world in a global effort to promote the equal and active participation of all people with disability.

The convention and its optional protocol were adopted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 13 December 2006. They entered into force internationally on 3 May 2008.

The purpose of the convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all people with disability, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.

Reports to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Australia submitted its initial report under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2010. Australia's initial appearance before the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities occurred on 3 and 4 September 2013.

A copy of Australia's first report can be found on Australia's Initial Report under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities page.

A copy of the Committee’s concluding observations is available on the Human rights treaty body reporting page.

Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Australia acceded to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 21 August 2009. The optional protocol came into force for Australia on 20 September 2009.

The optional protocol is a separate instrument to the convention, which gives the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities the power to receive complaints from individuals and groups who believe that their country has breached the convention after all domestic remedies have been exhausted.

Further information on the convention and the optional protocol can be found on the United Nations Enable website and the following documents: