In The Media | 24 October 2016

Most Complaints to Human Rights Commission on Disability Discrimination

The Australian Human Rights Commission has confirmed in a Senate estimates hearing that disability discrimination received the highest level of complaints across the board to the commission.

Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs and disability commissioner Alistair McEwan told the hearing that disability complaints were on the rise and now made up the highest number of all complaints received, particularly around employment, and goods and services.

“The most recent percentages for complaints about discrimination in employment for people with disability is 35 per cent,” Triggs said in answer to questioning from Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

“With goods and services it is at 33 [per cent]. So you can see we get to 68 per cent which pretty much reflects the kind of balance of the work of the commission.

Source: Pro Bono Australia