Disability Royal Commission

Life Without Barriers supports the Disability Royal Commission (DRC). We believe it is time for people with disability to be heard, and for these experiences to influence how we, as a nation, support people with disability.

New (8 January)

  • New Report Released - Public Hearing 5 - Experiences of people with disability during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • Disability Royal Commission recommends changes following COVID-19 hearing

  • The DRC have a regular newsletter called Connect Newsletter – It has information about special dates, resources and information on how to connect with the Commission Edition 18 is now available.

New Public Hearings Announced

Check the DRC website for the latest information www.disability.royalcommission.gov.au

February 2021

  • 16 – 24 February (7 days): Public hearing 11, Brisbane – Justice

April 2021

  • Week of 19 April: Public hearing 12, Sydney – NDIS and service providers

May 2021

  • Week of 17 May: Public hearing 13, Sydney – NDIS and service providers

June 2021

  • Week of 7 June: Public hearing 14, Brisbane – First Nations and out-of-home care

July 2021

  • Week of 26 July: Public hearing 15, Sydney – Restraints in education

August 2021

  • Week of 16 August: Public hearing 16, TBC – The health and safety of women and girls with disability

September 2021

  • Week of 27 September: Public hearing 17, TBC – Employment

November 2021

  • Week of 1 November: Public hearing 18, TBC – To be advised

December 2021

  • Week of 6 December: Public hearing 19, TBC – Disability support workforce issues

Please note: This calendar schedule is subject to change By the Disability Royal Commission. This calendar will be updated with additional details and/or changes as more information becomes available.

  • Read our full statement supporting the call for the DRC here.

  • Read how we are creating employment opportunities for people with disability through our Employment Without Barriers campaign here.

Free, independent and confidential Support for people with disability, families and carers

The Australian Government is funding counselling and advocacy support services for people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, and anyone who is engaging with or affected by the Disability Royal Commission.
Call 1800 421 468 9am to 6pm (AEST) weekdays and 9am to 5pm (AEST) weekends and national public holidays for counselling support, information and referral, or ask to be connected to a counsellor or advocate near you. Support is free, independent and confidential.
Visit the Department of Social Services’ website for more information.


Free, independent and confidential counselling visit the Department of Social Services’ website for more information

Easy Read factsheet about the DRC's public hearing into the experiences of people with disability during COVID-19.

A great resource about accessing free legal support if you are thinking about sharing your story with the Disability Royal Commission - Your Story Disability Legal Support [video]

Counselling and advocacy services are available for people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation; and anyone affected by the DRC. 

Contact Information

If you need support through any difficult feelings you might be having because of the Royal Commission, you can contact Blue Knot Foundation national hotline on 1800 421 468 (9am - 6pm AEDT Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm AEDT Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, call the National Relay Service on 133 677 and give 02 6146 1468 as the number you want to call.

To contact Life Without Barriers about the Royal Commission email disabilityroyalcommission@lwb.org.au or call (02) 4033 4500.

You can also write to us at Life Without Barriers:

Disability Royal Commission support 
PO Box 2226 
Dangar NSW 2309