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Internship Opportunity Hosted by the People with Disability Australia (PWDA)

Internship Opportunity Hosted by the People with Disability Australia (PWDA)

The Australian Civil Society Parallel Report Group is a collaboration of Australian Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs), disability advocacy organisations, disability legal centres and human rights organisations.  The group formed in 2009 in order to prepare a report from civil society on Australia’s compliance with, and progress in implementation of, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The report, Disability Rights Now, was launched in August 2012 and has been endorsed by over 80 organisations.  It was provided to the CRPD Committee as information to consider for its review of Australia’s compliance with the CRPD during its 10th session in September 2013. 

In October 2013 the CRPD Committee published its Concluding Observations on Australia.  The Parallel Report Group is now seeking an intern to analyse the Concluding Observations and formulate a CRPD Action Plan for the implementation of each Recommendation or topic area.  The Action Plan will consist of suggested policy and legislative reforms, a realistic indication of the resources required to deliver these reforms, measurable targets for implementation where appropriate, and the timeframes in which reform should occur.  The Action Plan will be presented to Government as one element of a wider advocacy strategy to implement the CRPD, strengthen the existing National Disability Strategy, and promote a progressive disability reform agenda that realises human rights for people with disability.

Commitment required: Flexible, one day per week for 3 months or more if possible. Pre-requisites: Knowledge of the CRPD and other relevant human rights conventions is essential. Completion International Human Rights Law course is desirable. 

This internship will be hosted by People with Disability Australia (PWDA) which is a member of the Australian Civil Society Parallel Report Group. PWDA is a leading disability rights, advocacy and representative organisation of and for all people with disability.  PWDA is the only national, cross-disability organisation representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability.

The Disability Rights Now report, submissions regarding the List of Issues for Australia, all other related documents, and further information about the Parallel Report Project Group is available at

How to Apply?

Applicants should send a brief one-page statement explaining why they want to undertake the internship, together with complete curriculum vitae and UNSW statement (can be downloaded from myUNSW) to Ngila Bevan ( by 5pm Friday 21 February.

This placement can be taken in a voluntary basis or for course credit. Note: Student who wishes to apply for course credit –must attend at least 12 days at the host organisation, must not have previously completed LAWS3308/JURD7308 or LAWS8173 or LAWS8052, must attend internship classes and assessments required by the 6uoc internship course. UNSW Law student who are successful in this placement may apply to enrol (under self-organised internship option) in the relevant internship courses (worth 6 units of credit) outlined in point 2 here

Student must secure a placement first, and then apply for course credit.