Article 28 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), to which Australia is a signatory, states that “Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions, and shall take appropriate steps to safeguard and promote the realization of this right without discrimination on the basis of disability.”

Unfortunately, in Australia currently, there are systemic access barriers to social security payments for people who struggle to find employment as a result of disabilities. This stands in the way of meeting this obligation.