AED Legal Center was established in 2008 by the Association of Employees with Disability Inc. The centre provides legal advocacy to people with a disability in the areas of employment, education and training.

Our main objective is to protect and advance the rights of people with a disability who experience difficulties and/or discrimination in employment or education because of their disability.

The centre is a member of the Federation of Community Legal Centres of Victoria.

AED Legal Centre is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous affairs.

AED works in pertnership with service users, other disability and community agencies, trade unions, employers and government to:

  • protect the human, civil and legal rights of people with disability;
  • empower employees with a disability who experience workplace descrimination or disadvantage;
  • promote the inclusion and participation of people with a disability in employment, education and training;
  • empowering students and their families in addressing barriers to education and;
  • Increase community awareness and promote better community attitudes toward people with a disability.

success stories

Historic victory for people with disability

Historic victory for people with disability

Mr Gordon Prior

The largest achievement of AED Legal Centre is the work in preparation for the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) a wage cases that was won (on Appeal) in the Federal Court of Australia on 20 December 2012.

AED Legal Centre spearheaded the BSWAT test case on behalf of two employees with an intellectual disability, Mr Michael Nojin and Mr Gordon Prior  resulting in a landmark decision in the Federal Court (2012) and High Courts (2013) that this wage assessment tool was discriminatory, in contravention of s 15 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

This was a complex and long case (went for 5 years) and the Federal and High Courts decision was for AED the culmination of 10 years of dedicated legal advocacy.

The Respondents, the Commonwealth Government, had applied to the High Court of Australia for special leave to appeal the Federal Court decision. On 10 May 2013, their application was rejected and the decision of the Federal Court upheld.

This historic victory was an affirmation of the human rights of people with a disability across Australia and will lead to an overhaul of the wage assessment process and the removal of the discriminatory elements that disadvantage people with an intellectual disability.


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