23 March 2020

In 2019 the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Royal Commission) was launched and the first hearings were held in late in 2019.

The Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability will inquire into what should be done to:

  • Prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
  • Achieve best practice in reporting and investigating of, and responding to, violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
  • Promote a more inclusive society that supports the independence of people with disability and their right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

 

Guidestar recognises that people with disability are at increased risk of experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation and we welcome the Royal Commission and the opportunity it presents to advance the rights of Australians with disability. We also welcome the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. Violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation is something that our organisation will not tolerate.

COVID-19

The Disability Royal Commission is calling on all Australian governments to ensure that responses to COVID-19 include dedicated strategies and take all necessary measures to protect and support people with disability. The DRC has suspended all public hearings and gatherings, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Community engagements and face to face private sessions have also been suspended for the time being.

For more information about the decision to postpone public events, read their media release. The Royal Commission has issued a Statement of Concern about the impact of the COVID- 19 pandemic on people with disability.

The Disability Royal Commission has released a first report on progress of the Commission and its activity. Available here.

The Disability Royal Commission has released an issues paper on healthcare for people with disability available here.

  • The Royal Commission into Abuse, Violence, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has released an Accessibility Strategy you can access here.
  • If you have questions about the Disability Royal Commission, access the official website here.

 

A number of Australian Government funded services are available to assist those requiring support during the Disability Royal Commission. These services are provided through agencies external to the Royal Commission and include:

  • Legal Advisory Services
  • Emotional Support Services
  • Legal Financial Assistance Scheme
  • Advocacy Services

 

Further information on all these services is available here.

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