Office of Disability

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (The Disability Royal Commission) was established on 4 April 2019 by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retired). The Commissioners are required to provide an interim report by no later than 30 October 2020, and a final report by no later than 29 April 2022.

Community Forums

The Disability Royal Commission will hold community forums across Australia.  Community forums are a key way people with disability and others in the disability community can directly share their personal experiences with the Disability Royal Commission. People attending a forum can either speak publicly or with staff on a one to one basis.

Dates for these forums, as they are set, will be advised on the Disability Royal Commission website.

Submissions

The Disability Royal Commission will be accepting submission from members of the public.  A submission is the main way people and organisations can provide information to the Disability Royal Commission about their experiences of violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation of people with disability. Anybody can make a submission. A submission can be submitted in any way you feel comfortable – by telephone, email or through our website.

Further information on making a submission can be found on the Submissions page of the Disability Royal Commission website.

Hearings

At hearings, the Disability Royal Commission will hear from people identified by Counsel Assisting to appear as a witness and give evidence. People who are expected to appear as witnesses will be contacted by the Disability Royal Commission in advance of the relevant hearing.

The Disability Royal Commission will publish details of hearings on this page to assist parties, witnesses and members of the public.

Further information can be found on the Hearings page of the Disability Royal Commission website.

Support

The Disability Royal Commission is committed to being accessible to all. The following types of support are available to assist people requiring assistance during the Disability Royal Commission.  These include a free legal advisory service, emotional support, legal financial assistance scheme and advocacy services.

Further information about these types of support can be found on the Support page of the Disability Royal Commission website.

Hearings to come

The Disability Royal Commission will conduct hearings in capital cities and regional locations.

The timing and locations of future hearings will be announced as arrangements are finalised.

Hearings will be open to the public, although seating will be limited. Hearings will also be streamed live on the Disability Royal Commission website.

For further information, visit the Disability Royal Commission website.

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Last updated: 04 November 2019