Discrimination for young people

    Overview

    People with disability can experience discrimination when they are treated less favourably than people without disability in similar circumstances. It is against the law to discriminate against someone because of their disability. The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 prohibits discrimination against people with disability in employment, education, publicly available premises, in the provision of goods and services, accommodation, clubs and associations, and other contexts.

    The social model of disability says  ‘disability’ is the result of the interaction between people living with impairments and an environment filled with physical, attitudinal, communication and social barriers. It therefore carries the implication that the environment must change to enable people living with impairments to participate in society on an equal basis with others.

    Discrimination against children and young people with disability

    Children and young people with disability often face discrimination. In the social model of disability, barriers and discrimination occur because of systems, attitudes, structures and institutions that are not inclusive or either directly or indirectly discriminate against people with disability. Children and young people with disability are often denied the right to inclusive education and to participate equally in mainstream settings as their peers without disability.

    The post-school transition to further education and employment for young people with disability is often poor and they receive little tailored information or support. This discrimination and inequality can continue throughout people’s lives, with significantly poorer outcomes for people with disability in areas including higher education, employment, health and social participation.

    Young people with disability experience significantly higher rates of unemployment than those without disability, due to a lack of reasonable adjustments and lower expectations by employers and, therefore, the need to rely on income support. Accessing and obtaining employment is typically characterised by disadvantage and exclusion.

    CYDA’s work is to advocate systemically for the human rights of children and young people with disability and the promotion of equality and non-discrimination.

    Relevant legislation

    There is international and federal legislation to protect people with disability against discrimination, including:

    More information

    For more information about discrimination and your rights, visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

    Visit our Get help page to find out more information about the anti-discrimination authority in your state or territory and where you can make a complaint. There are also disability legal services where you can get free legal advice about disability discrimination.

    Resources

    Video: UN COSP13 side event ‘It all begins with education: Realising inclusive education and the roadmap for change’

    News & media

    January 2021

    Video: UN COSP13 side event ‘It all begins with education: Realising inclusive education and the roadmap for change’

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    CYDA Dec/Jan plans

    News

    December 2020

    CYDA Dec/Jan plans

    Article

    Media: Disability groups fight to end segregation of people with disability in Australia

    News

    December 2020

    Media: Disability groups fight to end segregation of people with disability in Australia

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    International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), statement by Mary Sayers, CEO of Children and Young People with Disability Australia

    News

    December 2020

    International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), statement by Mary Sayers, CEO of Children and Young People with Disability Australia

    UN event: It all begins with education

    News

    December 2020

    UN event: It all begins with education

    National Youth Disability Summit - What young people with disability said - Awareness, Access and Inclusion Position Paper

    Research & reports

    November 2020

    National Youth Disability Summit - What young people with disability said - Awareness, Access and Inclusion Position Paper

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    National Youth Disability Summit Outcomes Report Card - Awareness, Access and Inclusion (Plain english PDF)

    Research & reports

    November 2020

    National Youth Disability Summit Outcomes Report Card - Awareness, Access and Inclusion (Plain english PDF)

    Article

    Media Statement: Victoria pulls the first lever on delivering inclusive education

    Media Releases

    November 2020

    Media Statement: Victoria pulls the first lever on delivering inclusive education

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    Media: Access to the NDIS

    News

    November 2020

    Media: Access to the NDIS

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    Education in remote and complex environments: House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training

    Research & reports

    November 2020

    Education in remote and complex environments: House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training

    Article

    A horrific playground incident: how one school failed its students

    News & media

    October 2020

    A horrific playground incident: how one school failed its students

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    Submissions

    October 2020

    Disability Royal Commission - Response to Employment issues paper

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    Media: Disability Royal Commission and CYDA in the media

    News

    October 2020

    Media: Disability Royal Commission and CYDA in the media

    Article

    Joint media statement: Australia is failing students with disability, evidence to the Royal Commission will show

    News

    October 2020

    Joint media statement: Australia is failing students with disability, evidence to the Royal Commission will show

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    Media: Time for change in disability support

    News

    September 2020

    Media: Time for change in disability support

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    Media: Students with disabilities could be disadvantaged if HECS loans are removed from failing students

    News

    September 2020

    Media: Students with disabilities could be disadvantaged if HECS loans are removed from failing students

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    Privacy concerns a stumbling block for Disability Royal Commission submissions

    Media Releases

    September 2020

    Privacy concerns a stumbling block for Disability Royal Commission submissions

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    No plan, no voice, clumsy solutions for children and young people with disability through COVID 19

    Media Releases

    August 2020

    No plan, no voice, clumsy solutions for children and young people with disability through COVID 19

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    Article: Governments urged to prioritise Victorians with disability during second COVID wave Advocates warn of

    News

    August 2020

    Article: Governments urged to prioritise Victorians with disability during second COVID wave Advocates warn of "tragic outcomes" if proper planning is not undertaken

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    The NDIA and Victorian Government must prioritise people with disability so they do not suffer in Stage 4 lockdowns

    Media Releases

    August 2020

    The NDIA and Victorian Government must prioritise people with disability so they do not suffer in Stage 4 lockdowns

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    Once again no planning for children and young people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Media Releases

    July 2020

    Once again no planning for children and young people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic

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    Transcript: Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Joint committee

    News

    July 2020

    Transcript: Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Joint committee

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    Submissions

    July 2020

    Disability Royal Commission - Response to Criminal Justice System issues paper

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    Almost half of students with disability denied key school supports during pandemic: New research reveals

    Media Releases

    July 2020

    Almost half of students with disability denied key school supports during pandemic: New research reveals

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    Urgent action needed to support Victorian children and young people with disability  during COVID-19 lockdowns

    Media Releases

    July 2020

    Urgent action needed to support Victorian children and young people with disability during COVID-19 lockdowns

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    Statement in response to ABC Background Briefing episode: Who seeks to profit from the trauma of abuse survivors?

    Media Releases

    June 2020

    Statement in response to ABC Background Briefing episode: Who seeks to profit from the trauma of abuse survivors?

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    Submissions

    June 2020

    Addition to submission 30 to inquiry into education in remote and complex environments

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    Submissions

    June 2020

    Victorian consultation on lessons from remote learning

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    More than isolated: The experience of children and young people with disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Research & reports

    May 2020

    More than isolated: The experience of children and young people with disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic

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    More than isolated’: COVID-19 compounds inequities for children and young people with disability

    Media Releases

    May 2020

    More than isolated’: COVID-19 compounds inequities for children and young people with disability

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    Submissions

    May 2020

    Disability Royal Commission - Emergency planning and response during COVID-19

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    Submissions

    May 2020

    Letter to PAEC's inquiry into the response to COVID-19

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    Don’t leave our kids behind: Families of kids, young people with disability concerned about new intensive care coronavirus guidelines

    Media Releases

    March 2020

    Don’t leave our kids behind: Families of kids, young people with disability concerned about new intensive care coronavirus guidelines

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    Submissions

    November 2019

    Inquiry into free and equal: an Australian conversation on human rights

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    Submissions

    November 2018

    Queensland Human Rights Bill 2018

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    Submissions

    August 2018

    Stronger outcomes for families

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    Legislation & acts

    April 2018

    Disability Discrimination Act 1992

    External Website

    Submissions

    November 2017

    Australia's draft report to the UN committee on the rights of the child

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    Submissions

    January 2016

    CRPD draft general comment on the right to inclusive education

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    Submissions

    December 2015

    Willing to work: National inquiry into employment discrimination against older Australians and Australians with disability

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    Submissions

    March 2015

    CRPD general discussion on the right to education for persons with disabilities

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    Submissions

    January 2015

    Equality capacity and disability in commonwealth laws

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    Strengthening participation of children and young people with disability in advocacy

    Research & reports

    October 2014

    Strengthening participation of children and young people with disability in advocacy

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    Legislation & acts

    December 2006

    United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability 2006

    External Website

    Legislation & acts

    September 1990

    United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989

    External Website