About the Disability Royal Commission

About the Disability Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was established on 4 April 2019. 

The Disability Royal Commission’s terms of reference cover what should be done to:

  • Prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Achieve best practice in reporting and investigating of, and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Promote a more inclusive society that supports the independence of people with disability and their right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The Disability Royal Commission will examine all forms of violence against, and abuse, neglect and exploitation of, people with disability, in all settings and contexts; including:

  • schools
  • workplaces
  • jails and detention centres
  • secure disability and mental health facilities
  • group homes or boarding houses
  • family homes
  • hospitals
  • day programs

The Disability Royal Commission gathers information through research, public hearings, and personal experiences shared with the Commissioners in submissions, private sessions and other forums.

The Disability Royal Commission will deliver a final report to the Australian Government by 29 April 2022 recommending how to improve laws, policies, structures, and practices to ensure a more inclusive and just society.

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Community Living Australia Supports the Royal Commission

Community Living Australia supports the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

People with disability, like everyone else in our community, have the right to live free of abuse, neglect or exploitation. Community Living Australia has a zero tolerance approach to the violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation of people with disability in its services and the community. All Australians should have confidence in the quality and safety of supports that are provided to people with disability.

Share your Story

You can share your experiences of violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation with the Royal Commission to help them: 

  • Understand the extent of the problem and the impacts on people with disability, their families, support people and our community;
  • Learn about the context in which violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation occur; and
  • Gather information relevant to their research and inquiries.

It is important to understand that the Royal Commission cannot decide or resolve individual cases or award compensation.

The Royal Commission wish to make the process of sharing your story as easy as possible and can provide you with a range of supports, refer to Counselling and supports

You can share your experience by making a submission:

  • by email,
  • though the website,
  • over the phone,
  • in a video or audio recording, and
  • in a private session with a Commissioner

Do you need assistance to make a submission to the Royal Commission?   

Phone the Royal Commission on phone number 1800 517 199, or let your support worker know if you need assistance to contact the Royal Commission.

If you have any questions or would like more information in regards to the Disability Royal Commission, please refer to their website or let your support worker know if you need assistance to access the information.

If you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your safety, call 000 or contact Police.

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