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The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) is again calling on the Australian Government to reform the health requirements with regard to immigration after yet another example has surfaced of a person with disability being denied residency status in Australia.


NEDA continues to see families being victimised based on their health and or disability status. “It is obscene that people are reduced to a formula’, stated NEDA CEO Dwayne Cranfield, ‘their humanity is not taken into account. The system has become so punitive, arbitrary and unfair’, continued Mr Cranfield.


This most recent example involves the Tippett family who moved to Australia from the United Kingdom around 5 years ago. Shortly after their arrival their ten-month-old daughter Sienna developed some irregularities with regard to mobility and has since failed to speak. Kai Tippett, Sienna’s father states that his daughter has no cognitive impairment and that her symptoms have no diagnosis, “Now at the age of five after seeing multiple doctors we still have no definitive illness or diagnosis. The government is refusing my daughter a visa based on an illness without definition”, said Mr Tippett.


Unfortunately, the Tippett’s situation isn’t an isolated case. People with disabilities are routinely denied various types of Australian visas because they do not meet the health requirement as stipulated in the Migration Act. The health requirement assesses disability through a health paradigm, often resulting in inaccurate and discriminatory categorisations.


“These ableist policies not only contradict Australia’s commitment to the human rights instruments, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but they also have a profound impact on the lives of people with disabilities, and their families. In this case, it’s the Tippett family experiencing this discrimination first hand’, said Suresh Rajan, NEDA President.  


For more information in relation to the discrimination against people with disability in Australian Migration Law, please visit:


Additionally, please show your support to the Tippett family by signing and sharing their petition:


For further information please contact NEDA CEO, Mr Dwayne Cranfield

on: 02 62626867 or NEDA President Mr Suresh Rajan on: 0413436001.