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Disability rights

Everyone deserves fair treatment. However, the majority of complaints to the Commission are about people being treated unfairly because of their disability. Considering that most people will have a disability at some stage because of injury, illness or ageing, we should be making sure society is more welcoming to people of all abilities. Victoria has laws to protect people with disability from discrimination, and to ensure that everyone can contribute meaningfully to society.


Disability and education

Key stats

1 in 5

Australians has a physical, mental or intellectual disability



Graeme's story

"A taxi driver refused to let my assistance dog in his car ... he said he didn’t have to do that, that it was his car, and that dogs bring too much dirt into it."

Related resources

Held back: The experiences of students with disabilities in Victorian schools – Analysis paper – Jul 2017