Ms Therese Sands


Ms Therese Sands is Director of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia), an alliance of four national organisations constituted and led by people with disability and including National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA), First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN), Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) and People with Disability Australia (PWDA). 

Ms Sands has worked for 25 years in education, policy development, capacity building and advocacy in the area of disability and human rights.  Her passion for human rights began at the Australian Human Rights Commission where she worked on the awareness campaign for the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth).  She has extensive theoretical and practical experience of United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms, and how to use UN documents, general comments and recommendations to further domestic advocacy for the rights of people with disability. 

Ms Sands has a Master of Human Rights Law and Policy, and won the University of NSW Law School Public Defender’s Prize in 2012.  She is a Life Member of People with Disability Australia (PWDA) and a member of Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA).