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Young men abused by disability worker

The family of a young disabled man abused by a carer has never received an apology or compensation from the service provider, a royal commission has been told.

Telling your story to the Disability Royal Commission

Do you have a story to tell The Disability Royal Commission? Lots of small stories add up to one big story if The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability gets to hear your story. They are accepting submission up to the end of December 2022, but you need to register before the end of June 2022. You can get help in telling your story.

Disability home CEO faces royal commission

Life Without Barriers chief executive Claire Robbs began her evidence by publicly apologising to the resident – known by the pseudonym Sophie – but said she did not escalate the incident to board level as it did not occur while in the organisation’s care.

NDIS provider apologises to group home residents after allegations of violence and neglect

One of Australia’s largest national disability insurance scheme providers has apologised to the residents of two troubled group homes after allegations of violence, abuse and neglect were aired at an inquiry.  Life Without Barriers charged residents at a Victoria home a substantial proportion of their disability pension for “rent” despite the property being leased on a peppercorn deal of $1 a month.

Agents of our own Destiny: Activism and the road to the Disability Royal Commission

This research report is about the disability rights movement and the history of disability activism and advocacy in Australia. It highlights how hard people with disability, advocates and activists have fought for the same rights as others, and to gain the protections offered by equality, inclusion and justice. It also reminds us of how important the outcomes of the Royal Commission will be for hundreds of thousands of Australians with disability.

Promoting Inclusion: Summary of responses to the Issues Paper

This overview summarises the responses to the Promoting inclusion Issues paper that was released in December 2020.  It outlines what should be done to promote a more inclusive society that supports the independence of people with disability and their right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Royal Commission explores Quality and Safeguards

Safeguards and quality services are key areas of inquiry for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (Royal Commission). Whilst the full report is not due to be handed down until September 2023, there are plenty of updates, reports, and transcripts published on the Royal Commission’s website that provide insight into the critical issues in focus.

What do the confidentiality amendments mean for my client?

This factsheet provides information about the new legislative protections for people giving confidential information to the Disability Royal Commission. It explains what the changes are, how they apply and how Your Story Disability Legal Support can help.

Overview of responses to the Safeguards and quality Issues paper –

Respondents proposed a raft of changes for the Royal Commission to consider including The lack of focus on prevention of abuse and neglect of people with disability and the need to identify the factors that potentially place individuals at higher risk of abuse. The importance of creating a service culture amongst disability service providers and support workers that respects human rights and does not tolerate violence or other abuses was also highlighted.

Disability Royal Commission welcomes new law to protect confidential information

Legislation has passed the Australian parliament today to protect confidential information provided to a Royal Commission beyond the life of the Royal Commission. Chair of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, the Hon Ronald Sackville AO QC, has welcomed the passage of the Royal Commissions Amendment (Protection of Information) Bill 2021.

Rapid Evidence Review: Violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability

The report examines existing research to gain a better understanding of both risk and protective factors relating to why some members of society cause harm to people with disability. A rapid review process was used to identify 168 papers in the peer-reviewed literature. The researchers found that the majority of studies focused on the risks for people with disability while only few looked at the risk factors which enable perpetrators, or systemic issues that enable violence.