Disability Royal Commission

The Disability Royal Commission was in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability. Anybody can make a submission. It will It will investigate and report on experiences and conditions in all settings and contexts, including schools, workplaces, family homes, and hospitals.

What is a Royal Commission?

A Royal Commission is an investigation, independent of government, into a matter of great importance.

They have broad powers to hold public hearings, call witnesses under oath and compel evidence.

Royal Commissions make recommendations to government about what should change.

What is the Disability Royal Commission?

The Disability Royal Commission was established on 4 April 2019. It was established in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability.

The Disability Royal Commission will investigate:

  • preventing and better protecting people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • achieving best practice in reporting, investigating and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability
  • promoting a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be independent and live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

It will investigate and report on experiences and conditions in all settings and contexts, including schools, workplaces, family homes, and hospitals.

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website for more information

Make a submission

Anybody can make a submission.

Submissions can be made in any way you feel comfortable – by telephone, email, video or through the Disability Royal Commission website.

If you need assistance in making a submission you can contact the Disability Royal Commission using the information below.

  • Email: DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au
  • Ph: 1800 517 199 or 07 3734 1900 (9am to 6pm Monday to Friday AEDST excluding public holidays)
  • Post: GPO Box 1422, Brisbane Qld 4001

Advocacy support

You can also access advocacy support to engage with the Disability Royal Commission the the National Disability Advocacy Program  or by contacting us at CFCC

Advocacy support can assist you to exercise your rights and achieve the outcomes you want. We can help make sure you are not disadvantaged due to any disability, your age, gender, sexual preference or your cultural background. We also have the expertise and experience in handling cases that often affect people living with CF.

Counselling

There are services available to support you through any difficult feelings you might be having because of the Disability Royal Commission.

  • Blue Knot Foundation offers free, specialist counselling support and a referral service for people with disability, their families and carers, and anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission.
    Ph: 1800 421 468 (9am – 6pm AEST Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm AEST Saturday, Sunday and public holidays).
  • Other services

Hearing dates

View the list of public hearing dates on the Disability Royal Commission website