Speeches as Disability Discrimination Commissioner


  1. Providing Access to All : Kuringai Municipal Council – Launch of new access policy and DDA action plan, 2 December
  2. Opportunity knocks: Workers with a disability
    University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 24 November
  3. Deafness forum of Australian 2005 Captioning Awards
    North Ryde 12 November 2005,
  4. Round table on Disability Action Plans with State Government Departments
    Hobart, 3 November
  5. Launch: Not for Service
    Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney, 19 October
  6. 3rd National Conference on Human Rights and Mental Health
    Thursday 8 September, Parliament House Canberra
  7. Opportunity Knocks:Workers with a Disability
    Diversity Council Australia 20th Anniversary Conferenc, 7 September, Sydney
  8. Focusing on futures: employment and disability
    Macarthur Disability Services Annual PSO, ATLAS & Day Services State Conference, Tuesday 6 September 2005, Sydney
  9. Advancing equality in education and beyond
    Eastern Metropolitan Region Student Disability Conference, 1 September 2005, Melbourne,
  10. Mental Health, Social Inclusion and Citizenship Awards
    Mental Health, Social Inclusion and Citizenship Conference, Adelaide , 31 August
  11. National Inquiry into Disability and Employment
    Presentation to the DEWR Employer Roundtable, Melbourne, 13 July
  12. Mental health and human rights in regional Australia in 2005
    Small Towns Conference, Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities La Trobe University , Bendigo 11 July
  13. People with Disabilities and productive diversity in the Australian Public Service
    Australian Public Service Commission one-day diversity conference, Brisbane, 8 June
  14. Mental Health and Human Rights; the state of play in 2005
    Comprehensive Area Psychiatrists Special Interest Group, Rozelle Hospital, 17 May
  15. “Healthy Solutions for Children: Making the Right Choice”
    Association for the Welfare of Child Health (AWCH) 2005 Conference, Parramatta Carlton Hotel 28-29 April
  16. Meeting with Deafness Forum of Australia
    Lawson NSW 30 April
  17. Employment inquiry: initial forum
    Opening Remarks, Sydney 31 March


  1. Missed business
    Launch of Australian Human Rights Commission/Marrickville Council Guide, Marrickville, 29
  2. The draft United Nations Convention on human rights and disability
    Annual General Meeting of People with Disability Australia, Sydney, 27 November
  3. Workshop on employment issues
    ACROD national convention, Brighton (Sydney), 24 November
  4. Risky business? Occupational health and safety and the Disability Discrimination Act
    Employers Making a Difference seminar, Sydney, 27 October
  5. Disability Discrimination Developments
    Australian Industry Group National PIR (Personnel and Industrial Relations) Conference Canberra, 26 October
  6. Mental Health Reform in South Australia
    Press Conference convened by Australian Nurses Federation 19 October
  7. Launch of Western Australian government Accessing Abilities strategy
    Perth, 15 September
  8. Disability Enterprises annual meeting
    Occasional Address, Leura NSW, 30 July
  9. Mental Health Council of Australia Annual Board Dinner
    After dinner speech, Sydney, 17 June
  10. Forum on health access for people with disabilities, Sydney, 28 May 2004
  11. Meeting with National Disability Advisory Council
    Canberra, 21 May
  12. Opening of workshop on draft international Convention on disability and human rights, Canberra, 25 March 2004


  1. Release of third progress report on South Australia’s Promoting Independence strategy, Adelaide, 3 December
  2. Setting the scene: Australian Human Rights Commission’s telecommunications forum
    Parliament House Canberra, 28 November 2003
  3. Opening of Australian Electoral Commission workshop
    14 November 2003, Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM, Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner
  4. Launch of Bus Industry Confederation accessibility guidelines
    Parliament House Canberra 5 November 2003
  5. Preparations for the Olympics and Paralympics and inclusion of people with disabilities: the Australian experience
  6. Recognition matters: Human rights and the rights of carers
    Carers Australia national conference, Canberra, 18 September
  7. Opening the doors to employment of more people with a disability
    ACROD Employment Forum, Sydney Olympic Park 31 July
  8. How local government can address issues of disability
    Workshop session, National Local Government Community Services Conference – Just and Vibrant Communities
    Townsville 29 July
  9. Local Government – gatekeepers to a more accessible community
    National Local Government Community Services Conference – Just and Vibrant Communities, Townsville 28 July
  10. Paper presented to national conference on young people in nursing homes
    Melbourne 17 June
  11. Promoting the rights of people with disabilities: Towards a new United Nations Convention
    International Workshop for National Human Rights Institutions from the Commonwealth and Asia-Pacific Region, New Delhi, 26-29 May
  12. Telstra/ Diversity at Work forum
    Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM, Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner, 16 May 2003
  13. Launch of Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman disability action plan
    Melbourne 14 March 2003
  14. Launch of “Dont judge what I can do by what you think I can’t”
    March 2003
  15. Enabling access: launch of disability awareness resources for local government
    Salisbury, S.A., 19 February 2003


  1. DDA tenth anniversary award
    Human rights awards ceremony, Sydney, 10 December 2002
  2. 2nd Victorian state conference for disability direct support workers: Opening address
    Melbourne, 28 November
  3. Disability and human rights
    NSW Local Government and Shires Association Conference: Without Prejudice, Ryde, 14 November
  4. Seminar on equal opportunity in higher education
    University of Southern Queensland, 12 November
  5. Deafness Forum of Australia annual general meeting
    Sydney, 19 October
  6. Human rights and people with intellectual disabilities: where to from here? Inclusion International congress, Melbourne, 24 September
  7. 6th national deafblind conference
    Dr Sev Ozdowski O.A.M., Sydney 12 July
  8. Launch of Workcover South Australia Disability Action Plan
    Adelaide, 4 July
  9. Launch of “disparity”: a journal of policy, practice and argument, 22 May
  10. Launch of banking industry accessibility standards, 15 April
  11. Disability discrimination legislation in Australia from an international human rights perspective: History, achievements and prospects
     Social Relations of Disability Network seminar, University of NSW, 8 April
  12. Presentation of certificate of recognition to National Australia Bank
    Melbourne, 19 February


  1. Opening of Australian Human Rights Commission’s summit for peak disability organisations
    Sydney, 4 December. Other papers from this summit are also available.
  2. International day for people with disabilities 2001
    Alice Springs, 3 December
  3. Equal employment opportunity for people with disabilities: how to move from the theoretical to the actual
    Equal Opportunity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia, 30 November
  4. Acting locally against disability discrimination
    Presentation of Certificate of Recognition, Barossa Council, 29 October
  5. The Human Rights of Mentally Ill People:Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry and after
    Mental Health, Criminal Justice and Corrections conference, Marrickville, 19 October
  6. An ABC for all Australians: launch of disability awareness resources, 9 August
  7. Launch of Westpac Action Plan,  24 July
  8. Launch of Captioned Movies, Sydney, 9 April

Also See:  http://www.hreoc.gov.au/disability_rights/speeches/speeches.html#2005