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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.


2016 Disability Justice Plan Symposium

The 2016 Disability Justice Plan Symposium featured 2 half-day events for community members and criminal justice sector personnel.

Recognition and protection of vulnerable parties in practice - 3 August 2016

The first event was held on 3 August 2016 and 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.

Professor Martine Powell, Founding Director, Centre of Investigative Interviewing at Deakin University, presented on the specialist training being provided to investigative interviewers under South Australia’s 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, delivered by Alastair McEwin, 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.

PDF icon2016 Disability Justice Plan Symposium workshop outcomes (PDF 148 KB)


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 PDF iconDisability Justice Plan Annual Report 2014-15 (PDF 695KB) at the event. Every participant received a copy of the report and a copy of the PDF iconDisability Justice Plan Annual Report 2014-15 Easy Read version (PDF 775KB). The report highlighted 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 focused on obtaining the best evidence from witnesses with complex communication needs.

Presentations of keynote speakers:

Workshops were held in the afternoon to contribute to the implementation of key actions in the plan.