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Disability Royal Commission to visit Logan and Ipswich, Queensland

The Disability Royal Commission is inviting people with disability and their families to Community Forums in the Queensland cities of Ipswich and Logan on 4th and 5th February 2020.

At these Community Forums, you will be able to hear about the Royal Commission’s work, and you can also  share your personal story of violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation with the Royal Commission.

If you have something to tell the Royal Commission but cannot attend a Community Forum, you can make a submission by phone, in writing or by making an audio or video recording.  More information on how to make a submission is available on the Disability Royal Commission website.

All Community Forums will be accessible, with Auslan Interpreters and live captioning.  If you would like to attend a Community Forum, please register to attend the Logan Community Forum on 4th February, or the Ipswich Community Forum on 5th February.

Schedule of upcoming hearings and community forums available now

The Disability Royal Commission has released a schedule of planned events for the next six months, until June 2020.  We have included this schedule below for your information.

February 2020

  • February 4 – 5: Community engagement activities – Ipswich & Logan, Queensland
  • February 6: Engagement with First Nations people, organisations and communities – Brisbane
  • February 11 – 14: Engagement with First Nations people, organisations and communities – Northern Territory
  • February 17 – 28: Public hearing – Health, Sydney

March 2020

  • March 4 – 5: Engagement with First Nations people, organisations and communities – Queensland
  • March 17 – 19: Community engagement activities – Launceston & Burnie, Tasmania
  • March 24 – 27: Public hearing – Education, Brisbane

April 2020

  • April 1 – 3: Community engagement activities – regional Victoria
  • April 21 – 22:  Community engagement activities – Western Sydney
  • April 27 – 1 May: Public hearing – Justice, Brisbane

May 2020

  • May 6 – 7: Community engagement activities – Brisbane
  • May 13 – 15:  Engagement with First Nations people, organisations and communities – Northern Territory
  • May 18 – 22: Public hearing – Issues faced by and experiences of First Nations people with disability, Northern Territory
  • May 25 – 26: Engagement with First Nations people, organisations and communities – Northern Territory

June 2020

  • June 10 – 12: Public hearing – Topic to be advised, Tasmania
  • June 16 – 18: Community engagement activities – Far North Queensland

Sydney hearing into health: From 17 February 2020

The Disability Royal Commission will hold a public hearing at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park Hotel, starting 17th February 2020, for a period of up to two weeks.  This public hearing will focus on the provision of health care or services for people with cognitive disability, including people with intellectual disability, autism and acquired brain injuries.  You can read more about the healthcare hearing on the DRC website.

Issues Paper: Health care for people with cognitive disability

The Disability Royal Commission Issues Paper on Health care for people with cognitive disability outlines the Royal Commission’s understanding of the key issues experienced by people with cognitive disability when accessing health care. The paper includes 10 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.  You can read the Issues Paper on the DRC website.

Issues Paper: Criminal Justice System

The Disability Royal Commission has released an issues paper on the criminal justice system.  The Issues Paper is calling for responses about prisons and forensic mental health facilities where forced treatment, seclusion (solitary confinement) and other restrictive practices, such as physical, chemical and mechanical restraints may be used.  The paper includes 9 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.   You can read the Issues Paper on the DRC website.

Responses to the Issues Papers can be provided, either:

  • electronically to DRCEnquiries@royalcommission.gov.au
  • in writing to GPO Box 1422, Brisbane, Queensland 4001
  • by phone on 1800 517 199 or +61 7 3734 1900, DRC can make a time with you to take your response over the phone (between 9:00am to 6:00pm AEDT Monday to Friday)
  • by audio recording
  • by video recording.

Responses can be in any language. The Royal Commission will translate the response to English.

Other Royal Commission News

You can read more about the Disability Royal Commission on the AFDO website.  Please visit https://www.afdo.org.au/royal-commission/ for more information and the latest Royal Commission news.

If you have any questions, or if you need extra support or information, you can contact the Disability Royal Commission: