CBM Australia’s Public Position on the Royal Commission

CBM is an ardent supporter of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). We work with individuals, civil society organisations, Disabled People’s Organisations and governments around the world to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are recognised, upheld and actively supported in the communities in which they live.

Articles 12 (Equal recognition before the law), 15 (Freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment) and 16 (Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse) of the CRPD require Australia, as a signatory, to meet these requirements in respect of Australians with disabilities. CBM wholly supports mechanisms which enable people with disabilities to have their voices heard and advocate for positive change in their lives, as well as the systems and services designed to enable them to be active members of Australian society. CBM recognises that to truly embrace the rights of people with disabilities the call of the movement ‘nothing about us without us’ should be followed.

The Royal Commission will need a significant amount of accessibility resources so all people can take part — sign language, braille, wheelchair access and simple language documents will be needed at every turn. CBM calls on the Australian Government to ensure that the Royal Commission is properly resourced to ensure full participation by Australians with disabilities and that the Royal Commission recognises and listens to concerns raised by Australians with disabilities throughout the process.