Disability Royal Commission

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

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.

Our Position

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.

“We need to unpack and acknowledge that violence, abuse and neglect that people with disability have experienced. It is now time for people with disability to be given the opportunity to be heard and for these experiences to influence how support services are provided.

"We believe the whole country would benefit from listening to their personal experiences in order to recognise the standard of support for people with disability should be uncompromisingly high.”

“With the recent establishment of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, and with the NDIS approaching full rollout, the Royal Commission will be a unique opportunity to shape the program so that it better serves people with disability into the future.”

Claire Robbs, Chief Executive of Life Without Barriers.

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  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

Easy English – Help to talk to the Disability Royal Commission

Hearing Categories

Upcoming Hearings

September 2021

  • 30 September 2021: Public hearing 14, Sydney (virtual hearing) – Preventing and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in disability services (South Australia) – Oral submissions

October 2021

  • 13 – 19 October: Public hearing 17, online – The health and safety of women and girls with disability (part 1)

November 2021

  • Week commencing 1 November:* Public hearing 18, virtual hearing – Implementing the CRPD (TBC)

  • 22 – 26 November: Public hearing 19, Melbourne – Measures taken by employers and regulators to respond to the systemic barriers to open employment for people with disability

December 2021

  • 7 – 17 December:* Public hearing 20, virtual hearing – Preventing and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in disability services (TBC)

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.


Contact Information

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