On 3 December 2008, following a consultation process, the National Interest Analysis on the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was tabled in Parliament. The National Interest Analysis supports and recommends that Australia accede to the Optional Protocol. The Centre previously made submissions to the National Interest Analysis supporting Australia's accession to the Optional Protocol. The question of Australia's accession to the Optional Protocol was the referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties in December 2008.
In January 2009 the Centre made a Submission to the Committee, unreservedly supporting Australia's ratification of the Optional Protocol.