The Disability Royal Commission

The Disability Royal Commission (DRC) was established in April 2019  to explore instances of neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability. 

The Disability Royal Commission conducted its ceremonial closing and last hearing on 15 September 2023.

The DRC is expected to provide its final report to the Attorney General on 28 September 20223 and the report will be made public shortly after that.

 For more information, visit the Disability Royal Commission website.

Life Without Barriers

Life Without Barriers has actively supported the Disability Royal Commission for its duration. Read our full statement supporting the call for the DRC.

Proactive submissions to the DRC

Life Without Barriers has provided active submissions to the DRC in relation to Employment and Home and Living.

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.