ECCV has contributed to the Victorian Government’s review of the Disability Act 2006. Building on previous work to promote the needs and rights of people with disability from CALD backgrounds, ECCV’s submission highlights that the Disability Act must seek to improve disability inclusion and access to services so that people with disability do not fall through the gaps.

We place particular emphasis on the need to better incorporate the principles of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and other human rights instruments in the Act. We suggest that the Act must include measures that can improve access to disability support and advocacy, including access to accredited interpreters and plain English information as a right.

There are significant areas where the Act can better support people with disability from CALD backgrounds to have their rights fulfilled and their perspectives involved in decision-making. ECCV’s submission includes several recommendations to improve how the Act can promote inclusion and human rights, which will ultimately benefit our whole society.