Royal Commission

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

On Friday 5th April 2019, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

This announcement follows a public consultation on the draft Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission from 13th to 28th March 2019.  Consultations were held with people with disability, their families and carers, disability peak bodies, advocates and with state and territory governments.

The Prime Minister also announced the appointment of the Hon Ronald Sackville AO QC as the Chair of the Royal Commission. Mr Sackville will be supported by five other Royal Commissioners:

  • Ms Barbara Bennett PSM
  • Dr Rhonda Galbally AC
  • Ms Andrea Mason OAM
  • Mr Alastair McEwin
  • The Hon John Ryan AM

The Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference are included in the Letters Patent, which are available below:

Find out more about the Royal Commission

To find out more about the Royal Commission read the documents below:

Terms of Reference

Fact Sheets

View the AUSLAN version of the Fact Sheet

What are the next steps?

It takes time to establish a Royal Commission. The Royal Commission undertakes its
inquiry independent of the Government.

The newly appointed Commissioners will decide on the next steps, including when to hold hearings, how people can participate and how to ensure the inquiry is accessible for people with disability.

The Royal Commission will establish its own website in the coming weeks. The website will provide information about how the public can engage with the Royal Commission, including how submissions can be made, and when and where hearings will be held.

In the meantime, to keep updated, visit the following websites:

You can also contact the Royal Commission temporary hotline number on 1800 880 052 Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm AEST.

If you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your safety, call 000 or contact Police.

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