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Schedule 1—Principles

1         Persons with disabilities, whatever the origin, nature or degree of their disabilities might be, are individuals—

            (a)         who have the inherent right to respect for their human worth and dignity; and

            (b)         who have the same fundamental human rights and responsibilities as other members of the Australian community; and

            (c)         who have the same right as other members of the Australian community to realise their potential for intellectual, physical, social, emotional, sexual and spiritual development; and

            (d)         who have the same right as other members of the Australian community to choose their own lifestyle and generally to control their own lives.

2         Persons with disabilities have a right to protection from neglect, abuse, intimidation and exploitation.

3         Persons with disabilities have the same right as other members of the Australian community to the assistance and support that will enable them to exercise their rights, discharge their responsibilities and attain a reasonable quality of life.

4         In receiving the services that supply such assistance and support, persons with disabilities—

            (a)         have the right to choose between those services, and to choose between the options available within a particular service, so as to provide assistance and support that best meets their individual (including cultural) needs; and

            (b)         have the right to have those services provided in a manner that—

                  (i)         involves the least restriction of their rights and opportunities; and

                  (ii)         takes into account their individual needs, goals, age and other personal circumstances; and

                  (iii)         takes into account any further disadvantage that may be suffered as a result of their gender, ethnic origin, aboriginality, financial situation or location; and

            (c)         have the right to pursue any grievance in relation to those services without fear of the discontinuance of services or of recriminations or retribution from service providers.

5         The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted at New York, United States of America, on 13 December 2006, is recognised as a set of best practice principles that should guide policy development, funding decisions and the administration and provision of disability services.

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