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  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

December 2022

  • 12 – 16 December: Public hearing 32, Level 5,  Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane – Vision for an inclusive Australia.

February 2023

  • 13 – 17 February: Public hearing 32, Level 5, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane – Service Providers Revisited

The location and timing of hearings are subject to change.

Please note: This calendar schedule is subject to change by the Disability Royal Commission. Check the DRC website for the latest information.

Proactive submission to the DRC

Life Without Barriers supports the view of the Disability Royal Commission to explore measures and initiatives we can take as a society to improve the experience of people with disability by providing more choices about where people with disability live, what type of accommodation they want to live in and with whom they want to live with.

We have provided this active submission to the DRC with information about our experiences and knowledge about housing availability for people with disability across our country.  

Life Without Barriers is committed to addressing this issue, both within our organisation’s activities and as a public policy matter.

You can read the Life Without Barriers Home and Living submission here.

Find Monograph 'Towards an inclusive future' here.

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.

For Coronavirus related enquiries: 1800 313 117