What is the Disability Royal Commission?
The Disability Royal Commission (DRC) was established in April 2019 in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability. The Disability Royal Commission is investigating:
Preventing and better protecting people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse,
neglect, and exploitation,
Achieving best practice in reporting, investigating, and responding to violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disability,
Promoting a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be independent
and live free from violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
The Disability Royal Commission gathers information through research, public hearings, the personal experiences people tell the Commission through submissions, private sessions, and other forums. The Disability Royal Commission is expecting to provide a final report to the Australian Government by 29 April 2022 although an extension has been requested by the Commission.
In the final report, the Royal Commission will recommend how to improve laws, policies, structures, and practices to ensure a more inclusive and just society.
To find out more about the Disability Royal Commission visit their website here.
Easy Read factsheet about the DRC's public hearing into the experiences of people with disability during COVID-19.
We support the DRC
We fully support the Disability Royal Commission and its efforts. Life Without Barriers believes 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.
The views and insights of people with disability, their families and advocates are important to shape the future of how support services are provided.
Life Without Barriers believes we will all benefit from listening to people’s personal experiences in order to recognise the standard of support for people with disability should be uncompromisingly high.
December Case Study Hearing
Life Without Barriers actively supports the purpose and efforts of the Disability Royal Commission (DRC). Information about support we have previously provided to
the DRC, including proactive submissions we have made, are available here.
Life Without Barriers is committed to being responsive and transparent in order to support the DRC fully with its enquiries. We believe the Disability Royal Commission is a crucial avenue for our society to improve the way we embrace and recognise people with disability as members of our community.
Read our full statement supporting the call for the DRC here.
How Life Without Barriers can help you
Life Without Barriers can help you access the Disability Royal Commission. To contact us with questions or support about the Disability Royal Commission email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
16 – 20 May: Public hearing 23, Sydney – Preventing and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in disability services
6 – 10 June: Public hearing 24, TBC – The experience of children and young people with disability of segregated education settings and the ‘polished pathway’
11 – 15 July: Public hearing 25, Alice Springs – The operation of the NDIS for First Nations people with disability in regional and remote communities
29 August – 2 September: Public hearing 26, TBC – Homelessness, including experience in boarding houses, hostels and other arrangements
19 – 23 September: Public hearing 27, TBC – Police responses and conditions in detention
10 – 14 October: Public hearing 28, TBC – Violence against, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability in public places
24 – 28 October: Public hearing 29, TBC – The experiences of violence against, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
21 – 23 November: Public hearing 30, TBC – Guardianship, substituted and supported decision making
5 – 9 December: Public hearing 31, TBC – Service providers
12 – 16 December: Public hearing 32, TBC – Vision for an inclusive Australia
Please note: This calendar schedule is subject to change by the Disability Royal Commission. Check the DRC website for the latest information.
Free, independent and confidential Support for people with disability, families and carers
The Disability Royal Commission raise stories and media coverage that can be troubling and upsetting. If you need support 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.
The Australian Government also offer 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.
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.
Visit the Department of Social Services’ website for more information.
To contact Life Without Barriers about the Royal Commission email email@example.com or call (02) 4033 4500.