Disability Royal Commission

neatly made bed with a disability carerr pushing an empty wheelchair in background

On 18 February 2019 the Government supported a motion to establish a Royal Commission to inquire into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

People with disability have told all levels of government through numerous federal and state and territory inquiries, about cases of abuse, neglect, and violence. This is reflected in industry reporting, which shows people with disability are more likely to experience abuse, neglect, violence, and exploitation than people without disability.

A Royal Commission will hear from people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation. It will help ensure their rights are protected and inform how we improve the safety and treatment of people with disability, no matter where they live in Australia.

A Royal Commission will focus on what governments, institutions and the community should do to prevent, and respond to, violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

The period of public consultation on the terms of reference for this inquiry has now closed and submitted comments will be collated and provided to government to inform the Terms of Reference, which are include in the Letters Patent (the legal instrument which guides the Royal Commission).

The Government will then seek the Governor-General’s approval to establish a Royal Commission. 

Statement from the Department of Social Services website.

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