By any measure, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities are amongst some of the most disadvantaged of all Australians. This is often because they face multiple barriers to their meaningful participation within their own communities and the wider community.
FPDN represents the voices and interests of First Peoples with disability and their families to all levels of government – within disability policy frameworks and the disability service system, within the First Peoples rights sector, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy frameworks and the Aboriginal community-controlled service system.
FPDN continues to lead change for First Peoples with disability through systemic advocacy and representation. We work to ensure that the First Peoples disability conversation is always on the agenda. We regularly chair national consultative forums at the invitation of Australian Government Ministers to lend our expertise as the peak national body of and for First Peoples with Disability.
We have and continue to prepare submissions to appear before numerous Commonwealth and State government enquiries and represent on multiple committees and advisory groups to advance the rights and entitlements of First Peoples with disability in Australia and Internationally.