Submission: On the review of the Disability Standard for Education 2005

Our submission argued that the standards are not meeting their aims and have not had a significant impact on access to education for students with disability. 

RLC has a long history of working in disability discrimination, and a significant proportion of our clients have some form of mental illness. We were one of the key authors of the submissions by the National Association of Community Legal Centres to the Commonwealth Attorney General on the consolidation of federal discrimination laws and one of the lead agencies working on the NGO Shadow report to the United Nations on Convention on the Rights of People with Disability. 

Our view in summary

It was our position in this submission that the Disability Standards for Education 2005 were not meeting their aims and had not had a significant impact on access to education for students with disability. The major reasons for this are a lack of awareness around the standards, and difficulties in monitoring and enforcing them.