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

A Royal Commission into the epidemic of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect against people with disability will be held over the next three years.

The Royal Commission website is here. You can find Auslan information here.

Latest updates:

We have created a DRC Hub on our website to provide information about the Royal Commission, including the latest news, background on hearing topics and more.

Submissions to the Royal Commission are now open. If you want to make a submission, you can write it or record it. Submissions do not have to be in English – they can be in your language. If you make a submission, it will be treated as evidence by the Royal Commission.

In the meantime, if you need support or are experiencing violence now, you can contact:

  • Triple Zero (000), for police, ambulance or fire, if you are in danger or are the victim of a crime. If you are deaf or have a speech or hearing impairment call 106.
  • 1800 RESPECT, the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service (open 24/7).
  • Lifeline Australia or the Suicide Call Back Service, if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal (open 24/7).
  • Mensline, a telephone and online counselling service for men with family and relationship concerns (open 24/7).
  • QLife provides Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships (open 3pm to midnight, 7 days a week).
  • PWDA, we provide advocacy support for people with disability. This is not a crisis service, so you may have to wait up to a couple of days for a response.

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