Public hearing to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on people with disability

The hearing is expected to gather evidence from people with disability, peak advocacy groups, public health and disability experts as well as government representatives.

The hearing will examine whether, in preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and other entities adequately considered measures to prevent violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

‘It is proposed that the hearing will also examine any systemic issues that may have arisen, or been exacerbated, during the pandemic,’ said the Chair.

In April, the Royal Commission released an issues paper on Emergency Planning and Response which explored how people with disability can be severely affected by emergency situations like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is anticipated that most witnesses will appear by video. A small number of witnesses may attend in person to give their evidence, subject to relevant government health advice.

The hearing will be livestreamed on the Royal Commission website. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the hearing room will not be open to the public.


Tue 18th Aug, 2020 - Fri 21st Aug, 2020Sydney

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