Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores and analyses Australia's disability law and policy, and aims to support those looking to pursue a legal or policy career in state or federal government, the disability sector or human rights lawyering. The first part of the subject establishes the theoretical and legal framework based on human rights principles within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The framework is then tested by an examination of particular case studies, which may vary from year to year. Generally, important practice contexts such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme, discrimination law, supported decision making: inclusive education or the interactions of disability and the criminal justice system will be taught in depth. Throughout the study period the role of law and policy in promoting and protecting the rights of people with disabilities is evaluated: areas requiring reform are identified; and strategies for the change considered.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDarren O'Donovan

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesClass exercises, including in-class and on-line library exercises; assignment; examination

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Complete 60 CP'S of LAW level 1 subjects and 60 CP'S of LAW level 2 subjects


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Selected articles, book chapters, case law and statutes will be accessed on-line and in hardcopy. A detailed reading list will be provided in the unit material.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended






Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop a critical understanding of legal and social construction of disability in 21st Century Australia and an understanding of the human rights framework for disability law and policy.
02. Develop an understanding of some of the key issues in contemporary Australian disability law and policy.
03. Further develop skills in legal analysis and reasoning using examples from recent developments in disability law and policy.
04. Improve legal problem solving, advocacy and creative advice-giving skills in relation to legal problems affecting people with disabilities.

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