Royal Commission

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability


Media Release – 15th March 2020

Royal Commission suspends all public events

Please note that the Disability Royal Commission has suspended public hearings, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.  This includes  upcoming hearings on:

  • education scheduled for next week in Brisbane, Queensland
  • justice scheduled for April in Brisbane, Queensland
  • First Nations people with disability scheduled for May in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Community engagements and face to face private sessions have also been suspended for the time being. You can read the full media release on the DRC website.

 

The Disability Royal Commission wants to hear from all Australians with disability about their experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.  There are a number of ways that you can tell your story to the Royal Commission.  You can do this by:

  1. attending a Hearing
  2. writing your story (putting in a submission)
  3. sending an email to the Commission, or ringing the Commission and telling your story.

Remember that you can contact the Royal Commission if you have a question, and find more information on their website: disability.royalcommission.gov.au.  To contact the Royal Commission:

  • email DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au
  • telephone 1800 517 199 or 07 3734 1900 9:00am to 6:00pm AEDT Monday to Friday, excluding national public holidays
  • post GPO Box 1422, Brisbane Qld 4001
 

Disability Royal Commission

 You can watch the Royal Commission Hearings live at: https://webstreaming.lawinorder.com.au/drc

Transcripts of the proceedings are available on the DRC website:
  https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/transcript

 

Support

During the Royal Commission, there will be confronting and disturbing stories in the media.  Sometimes words or images can cause sadness or distress, or trigger traumatic memories for people, particularly survivors of past abuse.  For some people, these responses can be overwhelming.

Blue Knot Foundation – Open 9 am to 6 pm weekdays or 9 am to 5 pm weekends AEDT.
Free counselling support from Blue Knot Foundation is available for people with disability, their families and carers, and anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission.  You can call the Blue Knot Foundation for support for your emotional wellbeing and support for making choices about telling your story.

  • Call 1800 421 468 or 02 6146 1468
  • TTY (teletypewriter) users phone 133 677, then ask for 1800 421 468
  • If you require support in another language please use the free of charge Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) – Call TIL on 131 450 and ask to be connected to the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468.

Lifeline
You can also contact Lifeline if you need to talk to someone.  More information on Lifeline and their services is available here:  

  • Ring 13 11 14 for confidential telephone crisis support, available 24/7 from a landline, payphone or mobile.
  • TTY (teletypewriter) users call 133 677 then ask for 13 11 14
  • Lifeline is trialing a text service 0477 13 11 14 (available between 6.00pm – 10pm (AEST), 7 days a week).

Important: If you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your safety, please call 000 or contact Police.  TTY users can contact police on 106 directly through a TTY.