International Day of People with Disability is more than a celebration

The Albanese Labor Government is calling on Australians to recognise this year’s International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) by working together to help overcome the barriers to inclusion for the 4.4 million Australians living with disability.

The theme for this year’s IDPwD is: Transformative solutions for inclusive development – the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world.

IDPwD is a United Nations observed day held on 3 December. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.

Celebrating IDPwD is a collaborative effort between Government, organisations, community groups, businesses and individuals.

Australians can host an event or start a conversation in their workplace, school or community to share and listen to unique stories of individuals with disability – both visible and invisible.

Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth said the theme of inclusion speaks to the heart of what the Government is working towards in its efforts to improve the lives of those living with disability in Australia.

“As part of our ten-year plan under Australia’s Disability Strategy, the Government remains committed to take action to change the way the community views and engages with people with disability,” said Minister Rishworth.

“While IDPwD is a day to celebrate, it is also an important reminder to Australians that breaking down barriers and encouraging a more inclusive and respectful society is everyone’s responsibility.

“We will continue to put the voices of people with disability front and centre in the development of future policies, programs and service delivery to ensure no Australian with disability is left behind.”

Minister for the NDIS and Government Services Bill Shorten said IDPwD was a time to reflect on 2022 as a year of change and rebuilding trust between people with disability and their Government.

“An important step to true inclusivity in our communities for people with disability is ensuring they see themselves reflected in their leaders,” Minister Shorten said.

“The new NDIA Board has five people from the disability community, and our commitment to finding solutions through consultation and collaboration cannot be understated.”

“We have also committed to ensuring the NDIS review is co-designed with people with disability and is fully accessible so everyone can have their say.”

Minister Rishworth and Minister Shorten both thanked Australia’s seven 2022 IDPwD ambassadors – Akii Ngo, Chloe Hayden, Nathan Basha, Uncle Wilfred Prince, Eliza Hull and Julie, Braeden and the Jones family.

For more information about the 2022 IDPwD, and how to get involved, go to