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The Disability Royal Commission began in April 2019. It is an independent public inquiry into the mistreatment of people with disability.

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Royal Commissions have broad powers. They can hold public hearings, call witnesses under oath and compel evidence. They can make recommendations to the government about what should change. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (Aged Care Royal Commission) looks at similar issues in residential aged care. 

The Disability Royal Commission listens to people with disability, families and carers. It holds public hearings and looks at ways people with disability are at risk. It publishes reports and suggests ways businesses, carers and the government can improve. Cases of abuse, violence, neglect or exploitation can occur anywhere in the community. In the home, workplace, school, residential care, in hospital and other health settings.

We have reported on the Royal Commission since it started. As time goes on, we've put all our reports together for you in one place to make it easier to find the information you want. As things change, we will add to this list. This list also serves as a timeline of the Disability Royal Commission. 

The Commissioners published an Interim report on 30 October 2020, and need to give a final report by 29 April 2022.

Lead up

Why schools desperately need a royal commission into the abuse of disabled people 

Pressure mounts for Disability Royal Commissioners to stand down


Royal Commission seeks submissions 

First Nations people with disability matter 

IDEAS Has A Say: Disability Royal Commission - Emergency Planning and Response

Public hearings

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16 September 2019

First public sitting of Disability Royal Commission

4-7 November 2019

Disability Royal Commission hearing focuses on education  

2-6 December 2019 

Royal Commission investigates violence and abuse in group homes 

18-28 February 2020

Disability Royal Commission hearing looks into health for people with intellectual disability 

18-21 August 2020

Disability Royal Commission hearing on COVID-19 and Emergency Planning 

22-25 September 2020

Disability Royal Commission hearing on the use of psychotropic medication 

12-16 October 2020

Disability Royal Commission hearing explores barriers to education 

23-27 November 2020

Experiences of First Nations people with disability and their families in contact with the child protection system

7-11 December 2020

Disability Royal Commission explores pathways and barriers to open employment for people with disability

15-16 December 2020

Disability Royal Commission explores education and training of health care professionals in relation to people with a cognitive disability

16-25 February 2021

Disability Royal Commission looks at the criminal justice system

2 March 2021

Disability Royal Commission continues to discuss education and training for health care professionals (additional day)


May 2021

June 2021

  • Week of 7 June: Public hearing 13, Adelaide - NDIS and service providers
  • Week of 21 June: Public hearing 14, Brisbane – Satellite hearing (Topic TBC)

July 2021

  • 28 July – 4 August: Public hearing 15, Melbourne – Measures taken by employers and regulators to respond to the systemic barriers to open employment for people with disability

August 2021

  • Week of 16 August: Public hearing 16, Hobart– The health and safety of women and girls with disability

September 2021

  • Week of 13 September: Public hearing 18, location TBC – First Nations children with disability in out-of-home care
  • Week of 27 September: Public hearing 19 (location and topic to be advised)


Interim Report

The Interim Report was published on 30 October 2020. It sets out what the Royal Commission has done in its first 15 months, the cut-off point being 31 July 2020. The report says people with disability experience attitudinal, environmental, institutional and communication barriers to achieving inclusion within Australian society.  It shows that a great deal needs to be done to ensure that the human rights of people with disability are respected and that Australia becomes a truly inclusive society.


Interim Report [DOCX]
Interim Report - Summary [DOCX]
Interim Report - Easy read - An Easy Read guide [DOCX]
Interim Report - Easy read - What have we heard so far [DOCX]

First Progress Report

The First Progress Report of the Royal Commission was published in December 2019. That Report provided an overview of the Royal Commission’s program from its formal establishment in April 2019 until 30 November 2019. The report also outlined the Commission’s proposed program for 2020.


Second Progress Report

The Second Progress Report summarises the work carried out by the Royal Commission during the period 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2020.


Third Progress Report

The Third Progress Report summarises the work carried out by the Royal Commission during the period 1 July to 31 December 2020.


Issues papers

Royal Commission seeks comment for Issues Papers
Disability Royal Commission seeks submissions with latest issues papers


Shocking cases of disability abuse and neglect come to light 
Disability service Integrity Care banned from providing NDIS services 
Bullying is not okay
Reporting abuse of people with a disability 
National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline

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