The Australian Government has announced that, as part of the National Disability Strategy and Australia’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Government will be providing $100,000 per financial year to the Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) to support participation by representatives of people with disability in key international forums on human rights. This will include support for preparation and feedback activities within Australia. Funding commences in 2011-12 for an initial 3 year program.
When this initiative was announced on 8 June 2011, the Government and the Commission agreed to undertake a consultation with Disability Peak Organisations to seek their input before making final decisions on funding arrangements to be established and managed by the Commission.
In particular, we are seeking views about:
· What sort of international events should be covered?
· Who should be attending?
· How much per grant per event?
The Commission’s Disability Rights blog has a detailed discussion paper available. This is also where you can add feedback by using the comments facility. Visit the blog.
Feedback can also be sent via email to email@example.com
All feedback is due by COB Monday 18 July 2011 We appreciate that this is a short period for comment. This approach has been taken in order to have the first year’s funding program commence as soon as possible.
Please note that in the interests of transparency and accountability, comments received will generally be published by the Commission.