Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
About the Disability Royal Commission
In April 2019, the Prime Minister announced that there would be a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with a disability.
The Royal Commission will go for 5 years. The Royal Commission is led by seven Commissioners. More information about the Commissioners is available here.
The Disability Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference cover what should be done to:
- prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
- achieve best practice in reporting and investigating of, and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
- promote a more inclusive society that supports the independence of people with disability and their right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
There is an easy read version of the Terms of Reference available here:
Terms of Reference – Easy Read
How can people with disability be involved in the Disability Royal Commission?
The Disability Royal Commission wants to hear from Australians with disability about their experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. There are a number of ways that people can tell their story to the Royal Commission. This can be through:
- attending a Community Forum
- attending a Hearing
- writing your story (putting in a submission)
- sending an email to the Commission, or ringing the Commission and telling your story.
At the end of the Disability Royal Commission the Commission will present a full report with recommendations to prevent and better protect people with a disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Down Syndrome Australia’s role
Down Syndrome Australia’s role through the Royal Commission will be to:
- Develop submissions on issue papers that the Disability Royal Commission release that are relevant for people with Down syndrome and the community
- Provide and share information about the Commission to people with Down syndrome and their families
- Provide information to people with Down syndrome and their families about the support services available to those who want to share their story
DSA Submissions to the Disability Royal Commission
Education and Learning issues
Down Syndrome Australia has contributed to the Disability Royal Commission on issues that are important to people with Down syndrome and their families. The submissions are available below.
Down Syndrome Australia made this submission to the Royal Commission into Education and Learning.
Submission to the Disability Royal Commission Education and Learning Issues Paper in Word
Submission to the Disability Royal Commission Education and Learning Issues Paper in PDF
Down Syndrome Australia made this submission to the Royal Commission regarding Health and Intellectual Disability.
Submission to the Disability Royal Commission Health Issues Paper in Word
Submission to the Disability Royal Commission Health Issues Paper in PDF
Latest News from the Disability Royal Commission
The Disability Royal Commission hosts a number of events, forums and hearings. Find out more about the latest news, events and how to get involved here.
How will people be supported to participate?
Find out more about the supports and services available to help people participate in the Disability Royal Commission.
Keeping up to date
The Disability Royal Commission has a Mailing list that you can subscribe to, to keep up to date with events, forums, submissions and the activities of the Commission. You can sign up for the mailing list at:
You can also contact the Commission directly at:
For more information:
Disability Royal Commission: https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au
Disability Royal Commission Legal Service: https://drclegalservice.org.au/Home
Australian Federation of Disability Organisations: www.afdo.org.au
Disability Advocacy Network Australia: www.dana.org.au