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Guiding principles

The NDRP is revising its principles and will publish the updated principles in March 2023. 

The NDRP principles guide the NDRP’s work and decisions. These principles draw on the human rights framework articulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).


Research supported by the NDRP is intended to help advance the rights of people with disability as articulated in the UNCPRD. The NDRP is committed to research which recognises the life experience and contexts in which people are born, grow, live, work, age and die. We recognise and acknowledge that people with disability come from many different backgrounds and communities and have a diversity of human experiences and perspectives.

The NDRP also acknowledges that some people with disability face barriers in communicating their goals and aspirations and making decisions. In these circumstances the NDRP acknowledges the role that family, caregivers, allies or supporters may play in supporting decision making and facilitating expression of preference and will.

The NDRP also acknowledges that many people with disability identify with multiple groups and may experience multiple and intersectional disadvantage because of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual preference, age and location. 

NDRP principles:

Deliver high quality, collaborative research

  • Become a world-leading driver of disability research that builds an evidence base

  • Advance disability research in Australia by delivering on the national disability research agenda

  • Draw on expertise across Australia through collaborative research teams

  • Australian policy to be informed by research and evidence 

Recognise the knowledge of people with disability in research

  • Inclusive research done by and with people with disability who hold genuine decision-making power

  • Genuine, paid for, co-design with people with disability 

  • Research that addresses the priorities of people with disability

  • Research that specifically addresses people with disability who:
    o    require support to express their will and preference, and to implement their decisions 
    o    experience intersectional disadvantage

Value all forms of knowledge 

  • Recognise and value the knowledge that people with disability contribute to research based on their lived experience

  • Respect for different sources and forms of knowledge

  • Make knowledge accessible to the community in a range of formats 

Build research capacity

  • Build effective, system-wide disability research capacity

  • Create career pathways and targeted support for researchers with disability 

  • Build capacity of the disability sector to create and use knowledge

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