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

People with disability, and our organisations, welcome the upcoming Royal Commission into the epidemic of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect against people with disability.

You can read the draft Terms of Reference here. We are now waiting for the Government to establish the Royal Commission and publish the final Terms of Reference.

DPO Australia has published its Submission on the draft terms, making a number of recommendations to highlight crucial missing issues and add or amend terms to strengthen the Commission.

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In 2015, a Senate inquiry found widespread rates of violence and abuse against people with disability, and strongly recommended holding a Royal Commission.

In 2017, over 160 civil society groups and over 100 academics joined the call for a Royal Commission into violence against people with disability. The Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens also supported our call to ensure that people with disability get a chance to speak out and get justice.

On 18 February 2019, the Government supported a motion in Parliament to establish a Royal Commission to inquire into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

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