In The Media | 21 March 2016

Government to Restore Disability Commissioner

The Turnbull Government has moved to restore the position of Disability Discrimination Commissioner after two years of controversy surrounding the post.

The Attorney General’s Department placed advertisements at the weekend for the full time disability position which will begin in July – the same time as the full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

In 2014, Attorney General Senator George Brandis removed Graeme Innes as Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner when his tenure expired and the position was abolished.

On July 2015, Aged Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan was given the additional position of acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner after Graeme Innes finished his term.

Since then the government has refused to reveal its intentions over the future of the role.

Source: Pro Bono Australia