Royal Commission

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

Please be aware that the Disability Royal Commission has suspended all face-to-face meetings, community engagements, and public hearings for the time being, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.  This includes  upcoming hearings on:

However, you can still share your story with the Commission, and you can also have your say on a range of issues papers released by the Disability Royal Commission.

Share your story

You can share your story of violence, neglect, abuse, or exploitation with the Royal Commission in the following ways:

  • in writing, over the phone, in a video or audio recording by making a submission
  • in a private session with a Commissioner
  • in your preferred language – including Indigenous languages and Auslan. The Commission will provide interpreters and translators.

By sharing your story, the Disability Royal Commission will learn more about the problem and how they can help stop it from happening again.  There is more information on how to share your story (make a submission) on the Royal Commission website.

We realise that coming forward to share your story is a big step.  Please tell the Royal Commission about any support you need, as counselling and support is available to help you.

Have your say

The Royal Commission will publish Issues Papers on different topics so that you can have your say on issues that are important to you.  Below is a list of issues that you can provide your feedback on.

  • Restrictive Practices
  • Employment
  • Rights and Attitudes
  • Emergency Planning and Response
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Health Care for People with Cognitive Disability
  • Group Homes
  • Education and Learning

The Issues Papers are available on the Royal Commission website, and you can provide feedback to the Royal Commission on the Issues Papers by responding, 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, the Commission can make a time with you to take your response over the phone (between 9:00am to 5:00pm AEST Monday to Friday)
  • by audio recording
  • by video recording.

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

If you do not want your comments or feedback to be public, please tell the Royal Commission and they will not publish your information or feedback.

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.