Reports and Submissions

8 November 2019

This hub is no longer being updated and its content can now be found at the Our Royal Commission website.


We will be posting any submissions and reports PWDA creates that are relevant to the Disability Royal Commission on this page. You can also browse past reports and submissions in our Library.

February 2021: Safeguards help marginalised people with disability. Our submission in response to the Safeguards and Quality Issues Paper can be found here.

In People with Disability Australia’s submission to the Disability Royal Commission Safeguards and Quality Issues Paper we presented 22 recommendations and outlined developmental, preventative and corrective safeguarding measures that could help safeguard marginalised people.

In the submission, PWDA outlined developmental safeguards, introducing the concepts of safeguards as personal, knowledge, social and material capital, and capacity building. We then outlined preventative safeguards.

We profiled corrective safeguards, calling for a complaints mechanism.

February 2021: We have a right to choose homes without violence. Our submission in response to the Violence and Abuse of People with Disability at Home Issues Paper can be found here.

In PWDA’s submission about the Violence and Abuse of People with Disability at Home Issues Paper, we made 13 recommendations about how Australia could make our homes safer places against violence and abuse.

People with disability experience have a heightened risk of violence. We acknowledged this risk in and took an intersectional human rights approach to violence against people with disability, noting the vulnerabilities of people living in congregate settings.

December 2020: #EndSegregation. Our joint submission with what is now more than 60 organisation and 290 people to oppose segregating people with disability from the community. To read the position paper and publicly endorse it, visit the DPOA website or read our #EndSegregation statement.

PWDA is a member of the Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA) alliance, an organisation of core disability sector organisations.

As DPOA, PWDA joined more than 42 disability rights and advocacy organisations to argue people with disability should not be segregated from our community. Whether at home or at work, we are not second-class citizens and should not be separate.

Our proactive #End Segregation submission is on the DPOA website.

June 2020: Realising our right to live independently in the community. Our submission in response to the Group Homes Issues Paper (28 Nov 2019) can be found here.

In PWDA’s submission on the Group Homes Issues Paper, we presented 19 recommendations and outlined the drivers of violence and abuse in congregate living. We also outlined international human rights Australia must respect.

In the submission, PWDA called for the phasing out of group homes.

We outlined a transition plan to phase out congregate living and deliver a contemporary, accessible and affordable housing system, while addressing structural barriers.

April 2020: Realising our right to be safe in emergencies. Our submission in response to the Emergency Planning and Response Issues Paper can be found here.

In PWDA’s submission on the Emergency Planning and Response Issues Paper, we made six recommendations.

Bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic have made the past few years difficult for people with disability. We must not be left behind in emergencies.

It is urgent that a diversity of people with disability are involved in emergency planning, and are genuinely consulted and listened to about what we need to manage disasters.

September 2019: Our submission to the Disability Royal Commission Draft Accessibility Strategy can be found here.

In PWDA’s letter on the draft accessibility strategy we argued the strategy should be rewritten in plain English. We called for legal, therapeutic and advocacy supports to be made available before the commission progressed further.

PWDA argued it was essential a trauma-informed approach was taken based on the social model of disability and doing no further harm to survivors. The final Accessibility and Inclusion Strategy was released in December 2019.