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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

Fair-minded cover: Investigation into discrimination in the travel insurance industry – Jun 2019


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The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Australians and recognises their culture, history, diversity and deep connection to the land.

We acknowledge that the Commission is on the land of the Kulin Nation and pay our respects to Elders past and present.