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 into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has officially kicked off with a ceremonial first session in Brisbane. Transcripts are available. The Commission has also published practice guidelines giving more detail about how the Commission will be run.
There is now a Draft Accessibility Strategy explaining the principles that will guide the Royal Commission in its engagement with people with disability. You can download it in several formats, including an Easy Read version.
Submissions to our 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.
The Royal Commission has said it will make legal, therapeutic and disability supports available soon but they are not available yet. If you have any concerns about your story being public, or want help to tell your story, PWDA suggests waiting until support is available. We will update people as soon as that support is provided.
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.
- Our advocacy about the Royal Commission
- FAQ about the Royal Commission
- Our media guidelines for reporting about the Royal Commission
- PWDA’s work on the Royal Commission into Institutionalised Childhood Sexual Abuse