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Rights & Inclusion Australia (R&IA) is a national Disabled People's Organisation promoting the rights and inclusion of people with disability, with a focus on accessibility in the built environment. R&IA activities include work with First Nations people and Asia Pacific programs. R&IA is a member of the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) and Asia Pacific Disability Forum (APDF).

 


 

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News & Updates

18 October 2022 - Australia's Disability Strategy National Forum announced

People are invited to attend the Australia’s Disability Strategy National Forum via the livestream on 2 & 3 November, 2022.

Registrations are limited and close 1 November 2022. Find out more information and register to attend here.

This a chance to have your say on Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021-31. The Strategy shapes the country's disability policy in important areas like employment, housing, education, health and wellbeing.

Watch online to participate in panel discussions featuring industry experts and community representatives with disability. Key speakers include: Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott AO, Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth MP and Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM

30 September 2022 - Release of Productivity Commission's Report on Housing and Homelessness Agreement Review

The Productivity Commission has published its Study Report In Need of Repair: The National Housing and Homelessness Agreement. The report examines how well the Australian, State and Territory Governments have achieved the objectives, outcomes and outputs set out in the Agreement, and the suitability of the Agreement for the future. You can access the In Need of Repair: The National Housing and Homelessness Agreement and shorter overview document here.

Importantly, the report makes significant reference to people with disability, and the challenges they disproportionately face due to the current housing crisis in Australia.

31 May 2022 - Sue Salthouse AM’s tireless work further acknowledged through awarding of Honorary Doctorate by University of Canberra

We were delighted to be able to attend a ceremony at the University of Canberra on Wednesday 25 May, where Sue was posthumously awarded  an honorary doctorate  in recognition of her many contributions. The award was received by Sue's daughter Luisa Fearnside. This is the first honorary doctorate conferred posthumously in the University’s 32-year history, and is further to Sue's being awarded as a Member in the general division of the Order of Australia earlier this year. As the University noted, Sue's life was one of dedication, service and commitment to others , whether by supporting individuals through difficult times, mentoring young and emerging leaders or by working for systemic change at local, national and international levels to promote and advance the rights and freedoms of women with disabilities.  You can read more of the University's awarding of the honorary doctorate to Sue here.

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R&IA's annual forum was held in September 2021. It had a focus on the approval of accessible housing standards to the National Construction Code 2022 and addressing the challenges to adoption by NSW and SA. View further forum details here.


 

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Opening the Door Project

The Opening the Door project aims to support people with disability to achieve choice and control with their housing options. To learn more about the project and to access useful links and resources, go to the Opening the Door project page by clicking on the logo.

Click on the thumbnail below to see the ‘Introduction to the Project’ video. Other project videos can be viewed on the Opening the Door page, including an overview of the Australian housing context.

Introduction to the Opening the Door project (Video 1)


 

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Building Better Homes - A National Building Code for All Australians

The NSW, WA and SA are yet to commit to implementing accessible housing to the new 2022 National Construction Code. We only have until the end of the year to help them get on the right path. To contact your government to let them know how important accessible housing is for ALL Australians click on their logo.  Rights & Inclusion Australia is an active partner in the Building Better Homes campaign.


 

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