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Public hearing 29 of the Disability Royal Commission focuses on people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities and their experiences of violence, abuse and exploitation.

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The Royal Commission’s twenty-ninth public hearing will be held in Melbourne from 24 to 28 October 2022 (Public hearing 29) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf.

The hearing will be conducted by the Honourable Ronald Sackville AO KC (Chair), Dr Rhonda Galbally AC, Ms Barbara Bennett PSM and Mr Alastair McEwin AM. The hearing will be open to the public and live-streamed.

The live stream and video recordings include Auslan, captions and audio-only options. Transcripts will be available in PDF and DOCX formats.

What is it about?

Public hearing 29 will focus on the experiences of people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds, including people from the d/Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing communities who identify as CaLD.

The Royal Commission will hear from people with disability from CaLD communities about:

  • different cultural attitudes and understanding of disability

  • intersectionality and identity for people with disability from CaLD backgrounds

  • the language and other barriers experienced by CaLD people with disability when accessing and interacting with different systems and services in Australia

  • the importance of language acquisition and the impact of language deprivation experienced by the d/Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing community.

The Royal Commission will hear from advocates and experts who are also lived and direct experience witnesses as well as peak representative bodies and organisations. The Royal Commission expects to hear from Mr Chin Tan, Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner on initiatives to combat racism and strategies to promote the inclusion of people from CaLD backgrounds.

Representatives from the Australian government will give evidence about participation in the National Disability Insurance Scheme and access to disability-specific supports and services for migrants and people with disability from CaLD communities.

This hearing will build on the evidence from the Royal Commission’s previous public hearings which have examined the multiple forms of discrimination and intersectional experiences of people with disability from CaLD backgrounds and the exercise of choice and control for people with disability through communication and the provision of information in appropriate and accessible formats.


This live stream/recording has closed captions and Auslan translations. In addition, there is an audio-only stream option. Recordings can be accessed by clicking on Event Posts in the top right-hand corner of the video frame.

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Public hearing 29  - Day 1

Public hearing 29  - Day 2

Public hearing 29 - Day 3

Public hearing 29 - Day 4

Public hearing 29 - Day 5

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21 October 2022

Disability Royal Commission

Media Release: Experiences of people with disability from CaLD communities the focus of the next Royal Commission hearing

Starting on 24 October 2022 the Disability Royal Commission will hold its twenty-ninth public hearing in Melbourne to examine the experiences of violence against, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities. This includes people from the d/Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing community who identify as CaLD.

27 October 2022

The Canberra Times

Refugess criticise disability sector gaps

Disabled refugees and carers have told the Disability Royal Commission that services such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme are alienating people rather than helping those most in need.

29 October 2022

ABC News

People from migrant and non-English backgrounds tell royal commission of challenges accessing disability services

"In general, women need to break the glass ceiling but when you add other diverse layers, such as refugees, migrants, persons of colour, and disability, the glass gets thicker," Ms Rooble said.

Support Services

Your Story Disability Legal Support is a free, independent legal service that supports people with disabilities to share their stories with the Disability Royal Commission safely.

The Disability Royal Commission has set up support services for people with disabilities affected by or interacting with the Commission process. These supports include counselling, advocacy, and financial and legal help. For more information and links, read our resource on Royal Commission Support Services.

The National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline is a free, independent and confidential service for reporting the mistreatment of people with disabilities. 

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