Under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992, the term disability is defined very broadly. This means that people you might not regard as having a disability, and people who may not even think of themselves as having a disability, are included.
The term disability refers to:
- Physical disability
- Intellectual disability
- Psychiatric disability
- Sensory disability
- Neurological disability
- Learning disability
- Physical disfigurement
- The presence in the body of disease-causing organisms.
The purpose of this broad definition is to ensure that the law applies to every person with a disability. The Royal Commission will consider all disabilities including those within the above definition. ME/CFS falls across a number of the terms above, so it is considered a disability for the purposes of the Royal Commission’s inquiries.
Information is accurate as at 21 May 2021
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Other pages in this guide
- Disability Royal Commission Guide for People with ME/CFS
- About the Royal Commission
- Is ME/CFS a disability? (you are here)
- Participating in the Royal Commission
- Who Can Help You Participate?
- How Can You Participate?
- Issues to Talk About
- How to Approach Your Submission
- Royal Commission Key Questions
- Sample Submission: Person with ME/CFS
- External Resources