Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Find below details about the Disability Royal Commission and its impact on our communities. You can also access support and resources to help you share your experiences.

Workpower welcomes and supports the Royal Commission. We look forward to contributing to the discussion and actions required to deliver the preferred future for high quality, safe and sustainable disability support services: one in which all individuals have greater choice, control and independence over the services they receive. See our full statement and guiding principles.

Handy links:
Share your story | Support services | Royal Commission recap | Key terms and definitions

Latest updates:
CALD communities Issue Paper released (9th March) | Criminal Justice System responses released (23rd Dec 2020) | Legislation Research Paper released (22nd Dec 2020)

What is the Royal Commission?

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability began on the 5 April 2019. Over a three year period they will gather evidence and research towards these three goals:

  1. Prevent and better protect people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
  2. Achieve best practice in reporting and investigating of, and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
  3. 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

Full definitions of terms used in the Royal Commission can be found here.

Share your experience

The Disability Royal Commission would like to hear from people with disability, their families and carers, organisations, and the broader community about their experiences of violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation.

This will help them make recommendations to prevent it from happening again.

You can make a submission:

Submissions can be made in your preferred language and you can access support and resources to assist you.

Support services

Disability Royal Commission:
Email DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au or call 1800 517 199 or +61 7 3734 1900 (9am – 5pm AEST Monday to Friday)

Translating and Interpreting Services (TIS National): 131 450

DSS National Counselling and Referral Service: Free counselling and advocacy services
1800 421 468 (9am to 6pm AEDT Monday to Friday)
(02) 6146 1468 (9am to 5pm AEDT Saturday and Sunday)

Disability Legal Support: Independent and free legal services
1800 77 1800 (Monday to Friday)

National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP)

Disability counselling and advocacy support

Resources and links

Easy Read Disability Royal Commission support factsheet   |   Factsheets about the Royal Commission and Issue Papers   |   
Royal Commission Auslan videos   |   NDS Royal Commission website   |   Royal Commission website

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