Advocacy on our Royal Commission

PWDA, with our DPO Australia colleagues, have been advocating for our Royal Commission for many years. Currently, we are advocating about the perceived conflicts of interest of two of the appointed Commissioners.


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.

In February 2019, we wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister, urging him to support our call.

A motion passed the House of Representatives, considering a Royal Commission into violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability in all settings on February 18, 2019.

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia released a “Roadmap for Our Royal Commission”, which called on the Government to establish and resource our Royal Commission immediately, and undertake a comprehensive, meaningful consultation with people with disability about the Terms of Reference, particularly with Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs). Here’s the media release welcoming the passing of the vote in Parliament.

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