Advocates say royal commission must #MakeItSafeToSpeak

Disability advocates fear the most severe cases of systemic abuse will not be exposed during the royal commission unless greater privacy protections are given to people making submissions.   

Public hearing 3 report – The experience of living in a group home for people with disability

The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Melbourne from Monday 2 December to Friday 6 December 2019. It inquired into homes and living for people with disability in Victoria and particularly the experiences of people who have lived or are currently living in group homes. This report finds that the closure of large institutions housing people with disability, with the resulting development of group homes has not eliminated institutional forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation experienced by people with disability, particularly those with serious intellectual disabilities.

People with disability denied care choices

Far too many people with a disability are denied choices about their accommodation, often leading to neglect and abuse, a royal commission says. It said a shift from large housing complexes to smaller group homes had not eliminated institutional forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Overview of responses to the first Education and learning Issues paper

Responses to the issues paper about education and learning for people with disability have been received from individuals including people with disability, family members of people with disability, advocates, organisations and government. This overview is a summary of what people are saying. The use of restraints and seclusion in schools, experiences of bullying, and what neglect … Continued

Coronavirus exposes Indigenous disability gaps, royal commission hears

Damian Griffis, chief executive of the First Peoples Disability Network, said the virus has exacerbated existing inequalities in Australia. He said the group has received phone calls from across the country from people who don’t have access to crucial items such as incontinence pads.

Casual, transient carer workforce a danger for people with disability

In a progress report released last week, the Commission said no group of Australians has been more profoundly affected by the restrictions than people with disability. Victoria has asked the Commonwealth for a pandemic payment to limit the movement of the casualised and transient disability workforce, similar to what is in place for aged care, but the Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, argues casual workers are necessary.

Disability inquiry on COVID-19 impact

People with disability, their families and advocates are expected to testify before a royal commission about their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. It will hear from about 40 people with disability, their families, advocates and experts as well as government representatives.

Second Progress Report

The Second Progress Report summarises the work carried out by the Royal Commission during the period 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2020.

Disability Strategic Engagement Group

As part of the Royal Commission’s focus on engaging with all people with disability in all settings the Disability Strategic Engagement Group (DSEG) has been set up to support the work of the Royal Commission.