Counselling support for people with disability impacted by the Disability Royal Commission

Free and confidential counselling and support services are available to support people with disability, their family, carers and supporters impacted by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (also known as the Disability Royal Commission). In Victoria, these services are provided by Relationship Australia Victoria and drummond street services. The two organisations’ services are independent and separate from the Disability Royal Commission.

Employment Issues Paper

Closing date: August 14, 2020

The Commission is looking at the experiences of people with disability in employment. Why are people with disability less likely to be employed and have lower incomes than people without disability? The issues paper is also seeking information about people’s experiences of discrimination at work and how well specific programs designed to increase the employment of people with disability are working.

Rights and attitudes

Closing date: July 31, 2020

The Rights and attitudes issues paper is designed to assist the Royal Commission in its investigation about people’s awareness and understanding of the rights of people with disability. It also seeks feedback about community attitudes towards people with disability and about how well advocacy is working for people with disability, to prevent or help respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Disability, health and the coronavirus: Why action is urgently needed

The lack of awareness of our human rights permeates throughout the health sector and recent hearingsby the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability have shed light on the human cost. Health sector responses have been a life-and-death matter for people with disabilities for a very long time. Throw in a global pandemic and reforms to health sector policy and practice have never been more urgent.

Emergency Planning & Response Issues Paper

Closing date: July 14, 2020

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is seeking information about the experiences of people with disability during recent emergencies in Australia. ‘The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic our country is facing comes just months after the summer bushfire crisis. Both of these events have had a profound effect on the Australian population. ‘We already know that people with disability can be severely affected by emergencies and may be at a higher risk of experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation at these times.

Disability royal commission given chance to reset with hearings halted

pause on all public hearings in the disability royal commission to stop the spread of COVID-19 to people with disability is a good chance to iron out current issues, disability advocates say.    Commission chair Ronald Sackville AO QC announced on Monday that hearings in Brisbane and Alice Springs would be postponed due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 to people with disability.  

Hundreds of preventable disability deaths

The Australian health care system is not equipped to meet the complex needs of people with intellectual disability, UNSW Professor Julian Trollor said. “People with intellectual disability are dying from similar things to most Australians, but there is a large gap when it comes to the proportion of potentially avoidable deaths” he said.

Health struggle for people with disability

People with intellectual disability face a profound life-time struggle with a health system that at times ignores and mistreats them, a royal commission has been told. A doctor says patients with intellectual disability may not understand they are receiving inadequate care nor have the ability to report it.

Making the Disability Royal Commission accessible for witnesses

As it turns its attention to examining the Australian health system, the Disability Royal Commission is adapting to the needs of the people who are at the centre of this inquiry, people with disabilities. Over the next two weeks it’ll hear evidence from people with intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries and autism. But being in a hearing room can be a confronting experience. So to help them, the Royal Commission has held a session to explain what they might encounter.

Disability Royal Commission resumes hearings in Sydney

The Disability Royal Commission resumes hearings in Sydney this morning focusing on the healthcare provided to people with Intellectual Disabilities. It’ll investigate why the group is twice as likely to suffer preventable death with Commission chair Ronald Sackville warning the inquiry will hear disturbing evidence.

A Progress Update on the Disability Royal Commission

The Disability Royal Commission is set to be a defining feature of the disability landscape in 2020.  The mandate is huge, and the pace is fast. The Royal Commission is far from over, in fact it has really just begun. While we don’t know what the final recommendations will be, the Commission is publishing Issues Papers, Progress Reports and videos from the hearings, that give us some idea about what they are thinking.

Criminal justice system issues paper

Closing date: March 20, 2020

People with disability, including young people and First Nations people, are over-represented across the criminal justice systems in Australia and are at heightened risk of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. The issues paper is calling for responses about prisons and forensic mental health facilities where forced treatment, seclusion (solitary confinement) and other restrictive practices, such as physical, chemical and mechanical restraints may be used.