First Nations people

Respectful Listening

“Respectful Listening” is an animated journey of the artwork developed by First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN), National Training and Resource Development Manager – Paul Calcott for the Disability Royal Commission which explains what the Royal Commission is about. Respectful Listening is created for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to engage with the work of the Disability Royal Commission using traditional art symbols and storytelling. (Artwork by Uncle Paul Constable-Calcott, animation by Moonshaker Media. © 2020 First Peoples Disability Network Australia Ltd)

More information about the artwork Respectful Listening is available on the DRC website.

Tell your story

There are a few different ways you can tell your story to the Disability Royal Commission.

  • You have the right to be supported by a family member, friend, or someone you trust.
  • You can share your story in your first language, including Indigenous languages and Auslan.
  • You can make a submission in writing, over the phone, in a video or audio recording.
  • A Counselling and Support team is available to help you with telling your story at all community forums, public hearings, or private sessions.

First Nations People with Disability issues paper

The Disability Royal Commission has released an issues paper on the experiences of First Nations people with disability.  You can tell the Royal Commission what you think governments, institutions, and communities can do to prevent violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of First Nations peoples with disability.  More information on the First Nations people with disability issues paper is available on the DRC website..

First Nations Peoples Strategic Advisory Group

The Disability Royal Commission has set up a First Nations Peoples Strategic Advisory Group.  The expert panel of seven highly regarded First Nations people will provide support and guidance to the Royal Commission:

  • Joanna Aguis OAM, Lecturer, TAFE South Australia, and Online Support Group Co-ordinator, The Deadly Deaf Mob
  • Jody Barney, Aboriginal Disability Training Consultant and Senior Fellow in Social Equity
  • Jake Briggs, Managing Director, Culture Connex
  • Damian Griffis, CEO First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN)
  • Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA, Co-Chair Eminent Panel, and Working Group,
    Pathway to Treaty QLD
  • Dr Hannah McGlade, Senior Indigenous Research Fellow Curtin University, Member of the Medical Board of Australia and Member UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues.
  • Louisa Uta, member of the Elders Living with Disability Australia,
    First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN)

Commissioner Andrea Mason OAM said in establishing the group, the Royal Commission is ensuring that First Nations voices are heard. It will also ensure the cultural differences faced by First Nations peoples with disability are understood.  You can find more information on the First Nations Peoples Strategic Advisory Group on the Royal Commission website.