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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21885


Mr McClelland asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 9 September 2003:

(1) Who is on the Disability Discrimination Act Standards Working Group.

(2) During the past twelve months, (a) on what dates has the Working Group met, and (b) what matters have been considered by the Working Group.


Mr Ruddock (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Disability Discrimination Act Standards Working Group comprises representatives from: the Attorney-General's Department (Assistant Secretary, Human Rights Branch and a Principal Legal Officer and Senior Legal Officer from that branch); the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (Deputy Disability Discrimination Commissioner); the Disability Discrimination Act Standards Project (the Convenor, Deputy Convenor and National Coordinator); a member of the National Disability Advisory Council; and the Department of Family and Community Services (Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability and a Director from that branch).

(2) (a) During the last 12 months, the Working Group met on 8 February 2003 and 3 September 2003.

(b) At these meetings, the Working Group considered the following matters:

(i) reports on activities undertaken by the Disability Discrimination Act Standards Project which works to coordinate disability sector input into standards development and the future role of this Project,

(ii) updates on Disability Standards including the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport, the draft Disability Standards for Education and the draft Disability Standard on Access to Premises, and

(iii) progress in the establishment of the Australian Federation of Disability Organis-ations.