Credit points: 15

Subject outline

People with disabilities encounter significant inequity and discrimination as they seek to exercise their rights as equal citizens to participate in society and access services and community facilities. In this subject, students will evaluate the effectiveness of the international and Australian legal frameworks aimed to establish, protect and support the exercise of rights for people with disabilities. The organising frame for the subject are the rights embedded in the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the legal mechanisms for their enactment in Australia.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDarren O'Donovan

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesStudents to undertake online reading, and view online video resources. Engagement in discussion forums will assist with learning. Review various scenarios including past Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) cases or Federal cases involving disability support plan appeals. Students to interpret findings and apply to a new scenario to argue for change of plan.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in: Master of Advanced Disability Practice (HMADPO)Graduate Diploma in Advanced Disability Practice (HGADPO)Graduate Certificate in Advanced Disability Practice (HCADPO)Juris Doctor (LMJD) Master of Laws (LMLAW)


Incompatible subjectsLAW5DAL

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

Restoring voice to people with cognitive disabilities. Realising the right to equal recognition before the law.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorArnstein-Kerslake, A.



PublisherCambridge University Press


Chapter/article titleChapter 18



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

A quantum leap towards social rights for people with intellectual disabilities

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBigby, C., & O Donovan, D.



PublisherSydney: Federation Press


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. Compare and contrast the role of various agencies in safeguarding the rights of people with cognitive disabilities.
02. Critically evaluate evidence for how people with disabilities and their supporters experience the justice system.
03. Interpret and transmit information about current anti-discrimination laws that support people with cognitive disabilities and their support network.
04. Critically examine specific types of legislation in Australia that aim to enact the rights of people with disabilities embedded in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD
05. Make informed judgements to appeal, through the proper channels, the support provided for a person with cognitive disability.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDarren O'Donovan

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 34 - 43
Ten 15.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 34 to week 43 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Agency Infographic (equivalent to 1800-words) The infographic will demonstrate the different agencies and their comparison.

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1

Human Rights Essay (2,000-word equivalent) Select one group of people with disabilities and consider the effectiveness that one aspect of their human rights are protected or furthered by a selected piece of Australian legislation.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

NDIS Plan Appeal (2000 word equiv) Select a scenario and prepare an appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to appeal for a change to a plan developed by the NDIS for a person with cognitive disability. Sections of the NDIS legislation used in the appeal are to be made explicit.

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO4, SILO5