Disability Royal Commission updates
The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was established in April 2019.
In November 2020, Royal Commission Chair Ronald Sackville AO QC has requested a 17-month extension to present the Royal Commission’s final report to 29 September 2023. The Commission has recently released its Interim Report.
The Royal Commission developed range of issue papers. These papers enable the Commission to engage with the wider community. To date the issue papers covered the following topics:
- Promoting inclusion
- Violence and abuse of people with disability at home
- Safeguards and quality
- First Nations People with Disability
- Restrictive Practices
- Rights and Attitudes
- Emergency Planning and Response
- Criminal Justice System
- Health Care for People with Cognitive Disability
- Group Homes
- Education and Learning.
Community members are encouraged to continue sharing their experiences of violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation with the Royal Commission by participating in the Share your story initiative. This can be done:
- in writing, over the phone, in a video or audio recording by making a submission
- in a private session with a Commissioner
- in preferred language, including Indigenous languages and Auslan, all interpreters will be provided.
The Royal Commission can be contacted over the phone 1800 517 199 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday AEDT) and via email.
Community members concerned about sharing their story with the Royal Commission can contact the Your Story Disability Legal Support. This is a free, independent legal advice service that can be contacted over the phone on 1800 771 800 (9:15am-5:15pm AEDT Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays) or via the Contact Us page on the Your Story Disability Legal Support website.