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The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is pleased to be participating again this year in the 12th Session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  The annual conference brings together countries that have ratified the United Nations CRPD and representatives from AFDO and civil society organisations to discuss implementation of the CRPD.

Below are links to the video recordings from CoSP, as well as the Australian Government’s Statement to the Conference of States Parties.

You can watch the Conference live at

Australian Delegation

The AFDO delegation this year consisted of:

  • Liz Reid, AFDO President and Chairperson
  • Trevor Carroll, AFDO Vice President and International Coordinator
  • Sam Drummond, Lawyer
  • Monique Blakemore, Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4)

AFDO delegates with HE Gillian Bird, Australian Ambassador to the United Nations, and Ben Gauntlett, Disability Discrimination Commissioner.












The Australian delegation included representatives from the Australian Government, the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and the

  • June Riemer, First Peoples Disability Network
  • Sereako Treloggan, First Peoples Disability Network
  • Alanna Julian, NSW Council for Intellectual Disability
  • Courtney Bellmore, NSW Council for Intellectual Disability
  • Kylee Roberts, NSW Council for Intellectual Disability
  • Therese Sands, People with Disability Australia
  • Paige Burton, People with Disability Australia
  • Matthew Bowden, People with Disability Australia
  • Emma Phillips, Queensland Advocacy Incorporated
  • Kathryn Lyons, Queensland Advocacy Incorporated
  • Sue Salthouse, Rights and Inclusion Australia
  • Gail Mulcair, Speech Pathology Australia
  • Sharynne McLeod, Speech Pathology Australia
  • Santiago Velasquez Hurtado, Vision Australia
  • Heidi La Paglia, Women With Disabilities Australia
  • Sarah Houbolt, Women With Disabilities Australia

Group photo of Australian delegates at the UN Headquarters, New York.

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