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Public hearing 18: The human rights of people with disability and making the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities a reality in Australian law, policies and practices

The Royal Commission held Public hearing 18 from 8 to 9 November 2021.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and impacts, witnesses participated remotely and the hearing was conducted online. The hearing was not open to the public but was live streamed on our website.

Public hearing 18 focused on how the rights contained in the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD) can be realised in Australia to prevent violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

The objective of this hearing was to explore and examine:

  • the relevance and significance of the CRPD to people with disability in Australia

  • the nature and extent to which the CRPD rights are part of Australian law

  • the gaps in recognising and enforcing human rights for people with disability in Australia

  • approaches to the interpretation of the CRPD

  • the Australian Government’s approach to the CRPD

  • models existing in Australia and in other countries for realising the CRPD rights.

Public hearing 18 built on research reports and the Royal Commission’s work to date addressing the CRPD.

Read our Glossary containing abbreviations and words specific to Public hearing 18.