People with intellectual and other developmental disabilities can come into contact with the law in all sorts of ways, due to their disability.


Some laws are designed to support people who have a disability so that they can have a fair chance to live their lives in their own way, like the law to stop discrimination. At other times, laws can make things harder for a person with a disability because of the way that the laws are used.

Through our advocacy service, DDWA support people with developmental and their families when there are difficulties in any area where laws have an impact on their life.

Human Rights

  • Discrimination and harassment (employment, education, housing provision of goods and services)
  • Employment (bullying, unfair dismissals, Occupational Safety & Health)
  • Safety (protection from violence and abuse)
  • Voting in government elections

Financial Protections

  • Wills/Special Disability Trusts
  • Contracts (entering into contracts, unfair contracts, unsolicited sales, consumer protection laws)
  • Scamming
  • Centrelink (Disability Support Pension eligibility)
  • Superannuation
  • Workers Compensation

Decision Making

  • Guardianship
  • Administration Orders
  • Child Protection
  • Enduring Power of Attorney
  • Enduring Power of Guardianship
  • Advanced Health Directives

Police and the Criminal Justice System

  • Going to court
  • Finding a lawyer
  • Support for Victims
  • Support for Offenders (Intellectual Disability Diversion Court, START court, Youth detention)


What is your child's challenging behaviour trying to tell you?

Now You're 18

Sexuality, Relationships and Your Rights

  • What is your child’s challenging behaviour trying to tell you?
    • See page 27 – Your child and the law
  • Now You're 18
    • See page 4 – The law, Public places, Drug Offences
      See page 5 – Enrol to Vote
      See page 22 – Equal Opportunity Commission and Youth Law Australia
  • Sexuality, Relationships and Your Rights
    • See pages 75 – 88 Internet safety – Sexting, pornography, online stalking and harassment
    • See pages 89 – 92 If you are a victim of crime or if you have been charged with a crime

Other Resources

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