This document has been prepared by the Hallmark Disability Research Initiative and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne in conjunction with an interdisciplinary consortium of Australian and New Zealand researchers and Disabled People’s Organisations committed to advancing high-impact, participatory research on access to justice for people with disability. The consortium partners recognise that interdisciplinary research that is co-designed with the disability community will lead to deeper impact and drive more effective changes to law, policy, culture, and practice across the justice system that contributes to the realisation of the rights of people with disability.
This document expands on the work of the Report of the Audit of Disability Research in Australia (the Disability Research Audit) published by the University of Sydney’s Centre for Disability Research, and of the University of Melbourne, People with Disability Australia (PWDA), and National Disability Services in 2014. The first part comprises a literature review summarising recent research relating to access to justice for people with disability in Australia and New Zealand and identifying gaps and opportunities for further research. The second part comprises the report of a consultation with representative organisations of people with disability in Australia and New Zealand to identify the access to justice issues and research gaps of most concern to the disability community. These two elements provide the background for developing a disability access to justice research agenda to work towards the realisation of the rights of people with disability in Australia and New Zealand.
SOURCE: Arstein-Kerslake A, Maker Y, Ireland M, and Mawad R. “Research Needs in Access to Justice for People with Disability in Australia and New Zealand.” Melbourne Social Equity Institute, February 2018.
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