The scale of violence and abuse of people with disability needs a Royal Commission to be held. In 2015, a Senate inquiry found widespread rates of violence and abuse against people with disability, and strongly recommended holding a Royal Commission. The Australian Government has ruled this out, saying that the recently established NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission would address the recommendations from the inquiry.
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission will only cover the 10% of people with disability that are eligible for the NDIS. Only a Royal Commission has the power to break down doors, and shine a light on the violence against people with disability that has been hidden away. Critically, a Royal Commission will also give people with disability a chance to receive justice for violence and abuse that happened in the past.
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 have also supported our call to ensure that people with disability get a chance to speak out and get justice.
- People with disability demand Royal Commission into violence and abuse – Media Release 25 June 2018
- PWDA’s work on the Royal Commission into Institutionalised Childhood Sexual Abuse