Productivity Commission to inquire into disability discrimination laws

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Productivity Commission to inquire into disability discrimination laws

In an inquiry that could potentially influence the way employment laws operate, the Productivity Commission is to investigate federal disability discrimination laws.

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In an inquiry that could potentially influence the way employment laws operate, the Productivity Commission is to investigate federal disability discrimination laws.
 
The Commission says the inquiry into the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 ‘will examine the social impacts of the legislation on people with disabilities and on the community as a whole.’ 
 
The Commission has been asked ‘to assess the costs and benefits of the Act and its effectiveness in achieving its objectives, which in summary are to:
  • eliminate as far as possible discrimination on the grounds of disability,
  • ensure equality of people with disabilities before the law,
  • promote recognition and acceptance of the rights of people with disabilities.‘
There are currently some tensions between laws that say you have to protect the health and safety of employees and those that say you can't discriminate against an employee with a disability.
 
The Commission says the inquiry is relevant not only to people with disabilities, but to ‘businesses and those involved in overcoming disability discrimination.’
 
The Commission has said it will publish an issues paper ‘shortly’ and will be holding public hearings in May. A draft report is scheduled for September 2003, with a report to the Government required by 5 February, 2004. 
 
Further details are available in the detailed terms of reference.
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