Disability Justice Reference Group

WE MAKE INCLUSION HAPPEN by bringing people together to provide advice, foster cooperative linkages, and advance disability justice work across the ACT. 


The Disability Justice Reference Group (DJRG):

  • provides advice on priority inclusions for the Disability Justice Strategy;
  • fosters cooperative linkages across the justice and disability sectors in preparing the strategy;
  • guides the strategy development and responds to issues that arise from consultation;
  • ensures the lived experience of people with disability is central to the strategy development.

DJRG members have one or more of the following qualities:

  • lived experience as a person with disability who interacts with the justice system;
  • experience or qualifications in disability services, the civil or criminal law or research on disability and the justice system; and/or
  • experience or qualifications in youth justice, disability education, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement or community outreach.

DJRG meetings are Co-Chaired by Dougie Herd, the Co-Chair of the Disability Reference Group to ensure the interests of people with disability are represented and that the objectives of the Disability Justice Reference Group are promoted through the Disability Justice Strategy.

Victims of Crime Commissioner Heidi Yates also Co-Chairs the meetings of the DJRG.   

In this video, member Yenn Purkis explains how the experiences of people with disability have shaped the development of the Disability Justice Strategy: 


Further Information

Disability Justice Reference Group 

Membership and Terms of Reference