"The DRG is a highly engaged committee that is of significant importance to the Commission. As well as identifying key areas of research and policy work, you have influenced submissions made by the Commission, and supported a great deal of our work," said Ms Hilton.
Photo: Members of the outgoing Disability Reference Group, with the Commissioner and Commission staff
In thanking the DRG members for their contribution, Ms Hilton noted their valuable input to Commission work, including submissions to the Taxi Services Commission on the Multi-Purpose Taxi Program, the Australian Human Rights Commission Willing to Work Inquiry and the Hazelwood Inquiry.
The DRG has also been integral to the development of the Commission’s Disability Action Plan, which we will be publically reporting against at the end of June 2016.
Ms Hilton acknowledged the contribution of Liz Wright, Co-Chair of the DRG, saying she had "done a magnificent job in the role and greatly assisted the Commission staff in co-ordinating the work of the DRG".
Before presenting each member with a certificate of thanks Ms Hilton said, "The DRG provides an important mentoring function, both to newer members, as well as to Commission staff, including myself. The Commission and the DRG have been able to work closely on a number of key pieces of work and utilise each others formal and informal networks to achieve this.
"There is no doubt that the Commission’s reputation as a human rights organisation is dependent upon the people who make up the Commission – and you are part of that family. I know that you have always provided sound advice and have been our eyes and ears in the community – identifying the issues that matter and being a strong, critical friend. Thank you."
Members of the outgoing Disability Reference Group
Recruitment for the Disability Reference Group 2016–18
The Disability Reference Group was established so the Commission could hear directly from people with disability about systemic discrimination and human rights issues that impact upon people with disability. The group includes members who have direct experience of disability, parents of children with disability, service providers and advocates.
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