Public hearing 14: Disability accommodation services in South Australia

Public hearings gather evidence about violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation of people with disability. They are formal proceedings in which witnesses give evidence, under oath or affirmation, about events and issues that are relevant to the Disability Royal Commission’s terms of reference.

All public hearings of the Royal Commission are recorded and streamed live on the Royal Commission website. Every public hearing will have live captioning and Auslan-English interpreters.

This hearing will be the second of several hearings examining how disability service providers prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The hearing will examine the experiences of 2 people with disability living in disability accommodation services provided by the South Australian Department of Human Services over 5 years. It will cover:

  • how the Department responded when incidents occurred or complaints were made
  • how the Department communicated with and provided information to their families
  • the process of transitioning to different accommodation.

The hearing will look at the Department’s policies, systems and operations.

The hearing will also look at how governments, the NDIS and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission have responded to reports and inquiries into Ann-Marie Smith. Ann-Marie was a woman with disability and an NDIS participant who died in Adelaide in April 2020.

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Thu 30th Sep, 2021Online

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