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Welcome to 2019!

Here is a snapshot of Q A I’s recent work as we begin the new year: • The Human Rights Act campaign: QAI has been involved in the campaign for a Human Rights Act in Queensland since the inception of the Rights4Qld Alliance. We have auspiced the campaign to give it formal legal status and […]

NDIS information and fact sheets for people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

AMPARO is an ally of QAI and we recognise the critical need for the work that AMPARO undertakes to support vulnerable people with disability from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds (CALD).   Without their assistance most people would be unsupported and their lives and welfare would be greatly jeopardised.  AMPARO has undertaken significant work to support […]

Upwards reaching arms labelled with key tenants of human rights. Prosperity, equality, freedom, justice and hope.

Reshaping the Disability Services Act Submission by QAI

Key Recommendations for the New Disability Services Act (‘The Act’) The Act should include a preface that places strong emphasis on the shared responsibility across agencies and the community to uphold the rights of people with a disability. The Act should require government departments and statutory bodies to align with the Convention on the Rights […]

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Opening Doors to Renting Reform Consultation Submission by QAI

Recommendations Lessors must provide a statutorily mandated reason to end a tenancy. Prohibit the use of ‘end of fixed term’ notices to leave except for statutorily mandated reasons. Prohibit false, misleading or deceptive representations by lessors or agents. Stipulate pre-contractual disclosure of; – plans to sell – asbestos Limit bond maximum to four weeks’ rent. […]

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Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport Submission by QAI

The Guardian online recently reported that in the UK, buses and taxis will lead a self-driving public transport push.1 All very high-tech but not a word on how people will hail, alight or access these buses and taxis. Direct assistance at boarding / alighting will not be possible unless the units are crewed with a […]

Ministerial back-flip on disability pension a lifesaver

QAI Media release December 2018 Ministerial backflip on pension is a lifesaver for people with disability.   The Australian Federation of Disability Organizations (AFDO), the Disability Advocacy Network of Australia (DANA) and QAI went to Canberra last week to convince federal politicians to oppose the 2019 budget measure.   Their work, with support from many others, […]

Graph showing the over representation of people with intellectual disabilities in Queensland justice system

Inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism – Queensland Productivity Commission

The Queensland Government asked the Queensland Productivity Commission to determine how government resources and policies may be best used to reduce imprisonment and recidivism to improve outcomes for the community. QAI had a lot to say about this, having published editions of  Disabled Justice in 2007 and 2014.   Ten percent of prisoners in this state have […]

MEDIA RELEASE – Human Rights Bill supported as offering welcome protection for vulnerable Queenslanders

Printer friendly version PDF   26 November 2018 For immediate release   Human Rights Bill supported as offering welcome protection for vulnerable Queenslanders   Leading disability advocacy organisation Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) strongly supports the introduction of a Human Rights Act in Queensland. In QAI’s submission, provided to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee […]

Australian Legacies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – 70 years on

A public forum on Human Rights Day EVENT DETAILS Monday 10 December 2018 10:00am – 3:00pm Ballarat Technology Park Central 110 Lydiard St South Federation University, School of Mines Ballarat (SMB) Campus Ballarat, Victoria 3350 DESCRIPTION Seventy years ago, on 10 December 1948, world leaders came to together to sign the Universal Declaration of Human […]

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Human Rights Bill Submission Making Tool and Resources

We are encouraging Queenslanders to make submissions to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee in support of a Human Rights Bill. We understand this process can be difficult, time consuming and pose significant challenges for some resulting in important voices not being heard.  The below link provides guides, resources and a submission making tool […]