Disability service providers in Victoria are required to take human rights into consideration whenever they make a decision.
Service delivery principles for disability services
There are service delivery principles for Victorian disability services that specifically relate to human rights, they include:
- Maximising the choice and independence of people with a disability so they can achieve their individual goals
- Providing services in a manner that respects the privacy and dignity of the person with a disability
- Acknowledging the important role families have in assisting their family member to realise their potential.
Laws that protect the rights of people with a disability
There are specific laws that protect the rights of people with a disability, they include:
- UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2007
- Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006
- Victorian Disability Act 2006.
Safer services for people with a disability
Victoria has introduced new legislation to strengthen oversight of the disability sector and to promote a culture of zero tolerance of abuse. For more information, see Safer services for people with a disability.
Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - a resource for services providers publication has been developed by the Senior Practitioner – Disability to assist people with a disability, their families and carers to become more familiar with the rights and obligations as set out in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It explains these rights and obligations in an easy-to-understand way, and highlights some implications for policy and practice within disability services. It also provides some guidance about practical measures support services might take to give effect to these rights and obligations.
Disability advocacy and self-advocacy
Disability advocacy and self-advocacy organisations play a vital role in promoting and advancing the rights of people with a disability. For more information see Disability advocacy and self help.
Case review or consultation requests can be made when there are serious concerns and specialist input is required to inform decision making.
For more information, see 'Office of Professional Practice' on Program support and overseeing bodies in our corporate website.
Disability self help grants
Disability self help grants are available to assist disability self help groups. For more information, see Disability self help grants.