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The Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) provides protection for everyone in Australia against discrimination based on disability.
The main objectives are:
to eliminate, as far as possible, discrimination against persons on the ground of disability in the areas of work, education, access to premises, clubs and sports service provision, existing laws, etc.
to ensure, as far as practicable, that persons with disabilities have the same rights to equality before the law as the rest of the community; and
to promote recognition and acceptance within the community of the principle that persons with disabilities have the same fundamental rights as the rest of the community.
The main objectives are:
To give students with a disability the right to participate in educational courses and programs on the same basis as students without a disability
Providing access to the same opportunities and choices in their education that are available to people without a disability
Education providers and students can use the Education Standards as a guide to what adjustments are required and reasonable in their particular circumstances
One of the purposes of the ADA is to promote equality of opportunity for everyone by protecting them from unfair discrimination (direct or indirect) in certain areas of activity, including work, education and accommodation.
The Disability Services Act 2006 is based on an expanded declaration of the
rights of people with a disability.
The Disability Services Act 2006 states that all people with a disability have the same human rights as other members of society and should be empowered to exercise their rights.
As well as affirming these rights, the Disability Services Act 2006 articulates some specific rights for people with a disability. These include rights when using disability services, such as the right to receive services:
in a way that respects the confidentiality of personal information
in a safe, accessible built environment appropriate to the person's needs
The Disability Services Act 2006 now specifically recognises the right to live a life free from abuse, neglect or exploitation.
“Legislation encourages all people to promote inclusive principles within their own communities.”