Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Indonesia


Project Details

The goal of the program is to strengthen leadership and capacity of the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) and related organisations to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), ratified by Indonesia in October 2011 (Law No. 19 of 2011). Implementation planning includes the principles, goals and targets of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (2012). The UNESCAP Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, will coincide with the National Action Plan for Persons with Disabilities in Indonesia, 2014-2023. In response to a request from MoSA, this program was designed jointly by us and MoSA, and will: strengthen leadership; develop knowledge and skills in disability-inclusive policy development, program design and implementation, and program monitoring and evaluation; and support MoSA and related agencies to effectively implement the CRPD in Indonesia.

Project summary

Development of the program has been in concert with the considerable progress made on the drafting of the Presidential Decree on the National Action Plan for Persons with Disabilities in Indonesia, 2014-2023.

The priority development issue is developing leadership skills and technical capacity within MoSA and related agencies for implementing the National Disability plan, 2014-2023, thereby enhancing the lives of people with disabilities, including poverty reduction, enabling employment opportunities, improving governance of disability programs, and empowering people with disabilities.

The program will support Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT's) strategic goals of:

  • Promoting opportunities for all
  • Improving governance to deliver better services and enhance justice and human rights; and sustainable economic development through the improvement of incomes and employment opportunities for people with disabilities

The 4-week intensive professional development program will include:

  • Teaching the content of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)and Incheon Strategy
  • Interpretations and obligations of the CRPD
  • Small group work on development of CRPD implementation strategies and plans
  • Discussions with Victorian government disability and mental health program staff
  • Two short-term (3 day) placements with disability organisations and services that focus on sensory, mental and intellectual disabilities
  • Development of return-to-work projects that will put into practice knowledge and skills acquired during the program

Fellows will also develop an understanding of CRPD links to other human rights instruments, skills in a whole-of-government approach to the issue of disability (which is a central feature of the National Disability Action Plan 2014-2023), and specific projects/activities based on their 'return to work' plans. We will support and supervise these projects after the Melbourne training throughout 2014.


Associate Professor Harry Minas

Dr Erminia Colucci

Dom Diocera

Dr Ritsuko Kakuma


Australia Awards Fellowship 2015, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Research Group

Global and Cultural Mental Health

School Research Themes

Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (including cancer), and promotion of mental health

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Department / Centre

Centre for Mental Health

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