Disability Justice Plan Symposium

The Attorney-General's Department

Disability Justice Plan Symposium


2016 Disability Justice Plan Symposium

The Disability Justice Plan Symposium brings together criminal justice agencies, researchers and community representatives to improve access to justice for people with disability.

The 2016 Disability Justice Plan Symposium comprises of two half-day events of interest to both community members and criminal justice sector personnel.

Disability Justice Plan Community Forum - 14 September 2016

The second symposium event was a community forum convened by JFA Purple Orange with the support of the Attorney-General's Department. The keynote presentation was delivered by Alastair McEwin, the Disability Discrimination Commissioner and Anne Gale, Public Advocate, gave an update on the progress of the Disability Justice Plan. A workshop on priority action 3.10 was convened, and feedback from the consultation is below.

Workshop outcomes (PDF 447KB)

Recognition and Protection of Vulnerable Parties in Practice - held on 3 August 2016

The first event held on 3 August 2016 featured leading authority Professor Eileen Baldry, Professor of Criminology at the University of New South Wales. Professor Baldry talked about how evidence based changes to policy and practice can improve access and participation for vulnerable people, particularly young people, in the criminal justice system.

Presentation by Professor Baldry: Vulnerable young people with complex support needs and the criminal justice system (PDF 268KB)

Professor Professor Martine Powell, Founding Director, Centre of Investigative Interviewing, Deakin University presented on the specialist training being provided to investigative interviewers under South Australia’s Disability Justice Plan. 

Article by Professor Powell: Specialist training - Eyewitness testimony (PDF 313KB) - Powell, M.B., Garry, M. & Brewer, N. (2013). Eyewitness testimony. In I. Freckelton & H. Selby (Eds). Expert evidence. Pyrmont NSW: Thomson Reuters.

2015 Disability Justice Plan Symposium

The inaugural Disability Justice Plan Symposium held on the 19 November 2015 was a day of thought-provoking discussion around disability justice and implementation highlights.

The event involved 150 participants from a range of organisations, including criminal justice agencies, researchers, the legal profession, community advocates, and people with lived experience of disability.

The Attorney-General launched the Disability Justice Plan Annual Report 2014-15 at the event. Every participant received a copy of the report and a copy of the Easy read version. The report highlights that of a total of 45 priority actions in the Plan, 23 are complete or substantially complete in the first year of implementation, and 22 are ongoing.

Participants heard from keynote speakers, including the former Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes AM, and Terese Henning, the Director of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute. Graeme Innes's presentation focused on equality in the justice system for people with disabilities. Terese Henning's presentation concerned obtaining the best evidence from witnesses with complex communication needs.

Workshops were held in the afternoon to contribute to the implementation of key actions in the plan. An overview of the outcomes of the symposium is now available.

2015 Symposium videos of the keynote presentations will be available soon on the Attorney-General’s Department website. 

Presentations of keynote speakers:

Graeme Innes, former Disability Discrimination Commissioner and Chair of the Attitude Foundation  Symposium speech notes (PDF 437KB)

Terese Henning, Director of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute Symposium paper (PDF 883KB)




Last updated: 
Monday, 20 March 2017
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