Protecting rights

Service delivery principles, disability services

Disability service providers in Victoria are required to act compatibly with human rights and to take human rights into consideration whenever they make a decision.

Some of the service delivery principles for Victorian disability services that relate to human rights include:

  • maximising the choice and independence of people with a disability so they can achieve their individual goals 
  • providing services in a manner that respects the privacy and dignity of the person with a disability. 
  • acknowledging the important role families have in assisting their family member to realise their potential

Specific laws are in place to protect the rights of people with a disability. These include:

Disability advocacy and self-advocacy; Disability Self Help Grants

Disability advocacy and self-advocacy organisations play a vital role in promoting and advancing the right of people with a disability. Information about advocacy and advocacy organisations is provided in this section.

Disability Self Help Grants are available to assist disability self help groups.

Office of the Senior Practitioner - Roadmap for achieving dignity without restraint

The Roadmap is a resource to support disability service organisations to achieve dignity without restraint. The aim of the Roadmap is to provide human services organisations with an innovative, evidence-based practice tool to promote dignity, self-determination and improved outcomes for clients.

Office of the Senior Practitioner - Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: plain English version

This document has been developed by the Senior Practitioner – Disability to assist people with a disability, their families and carers to become more familiar with the rights and obligations as set out in the CRPD. It explains these rights and obligations in an easy-to-understand way, and highlights some implications for policy and practice within disability services. It also provides some guidance about practical measures support services might take to give effect to these rights and obligations.








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