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Legal rights and responsibilities

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It is important for young people with disability to know their legal rights and responsibilities.

Advocacy and knowing your rights

Both nationally and internationally, there is legislation and initiatives that ensure people with disability have access to equal participation in society as those without disability.

Any discrimination is unlawful. The definition of disability in anti-discrimination legislation is very broad and covers a wide range of disabilities, imputed (thought to have) disabilities and possible future disabilities a person may have.

Information about legal information, advocacy and your rights can be found on the Disability Online website.

Adult Proof of Age Card (18+ card)

The Adult Proof of Age Card (previously known as the 18+ card) provides proof of age for Queenslanders aged 18 years or older and is ideal for people who don't hold a driver licence or passport.

To apply for the card, the young person must complete the application form and provide evidence of identity. There is also a fee involved.

Voting

It is compulsory to enrol to vote in elections for Australian citizens over the age of 18. Enrolling requires a form to be completed and returned to the Australian Electoral Commission.

If the young person finds it difficult to get to a polling place on election day, they can apply to become a General Postal Voter to receive your ballot papers in the mail.

If the young person is unable to sign their name due to a physical impairment, they may have someone else complete their enrolment form and sign it on their behalf. A registered medical practitioner will need to complete and sign the medical certificate on this form for this to be accepted.

People do not have to enrol and vote if they:

  • are not 18 years or over
  • are of unsound mind (incapable of understanding the nature and significance of voting*)
  • currently in prison
  • are a permanent resident but not an Australian citizen.

For further information regarding exemption from voting, contact the Australian Electoral Commission.

*A health professional would need to provide evidence that the young person has 'impaired decision-making capacity' for an exemption to be granted.

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Last updated 12 September 2019