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10th anniversary of Disability Discrimination Act.

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28 February 2003 23/03


Tomorrow marks 10 years of progress against discrimination on the grounds of disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

When this Act became law on 1 March 1993, it represented an enormous advance for for people with disabilities. .

In the decade since, we have seen a direct improvement in the quality of life for thousands of Australians.

As a result of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), there are now more accessible buses on our streets, more buildings that provide dignified access for people with disabilities, more accessible banking and telephone services, and more people with disabilities in the workplace.

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) has made an important contribution in this area by encouraging compliance with the DDA, raising awareness of disability discrimination issues and promoting education.

Industry and community organisations have also played a vital role by establishing special partnerships to address disability discrimination issues.

The National Disability Advisory Council continues to provide valuable advice to the Government on disability issues.

The Council also works with groups that face added disadvantage, such as people with disabilities who live in rural and remote areas or come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, indigenous people with disabilities and women with disabilities.

It is important that we recognise the courage and commitment of the individuals who have pursued disability discrimination matters through the Commission and the courts. Their achievements have benefited all Australians.

Although there has been significant progress over the last decade, more work needs to be done.

The Howard Government remains committed to ensuring that people with disabilities are not discriminated against and are able to participate in the community to the greatest possible extent.

We welome this milestone and acknowledge the important progress made in the first 10 years of operation of the DDA.

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