For those interested in being involved with the Disability Royal Commission, it can be hard to know what your rights and what options are available.
To support you, the following support services are here to help you. They are free and independent from the Royal Commission, the Government, and other disability service providers.
It’s important to know that these services cannot make decisions for you, stop you from making a decision, or from doing what you want.
Sharing experiences of violence, neglect, or exploitation can stir up uncomfortable feelings in many.
If you need help during this time you can access a national counselling and support service. Affected families, carers, and friends can also benefit from this.
A counsellor can support you to:
- Talk about your feelings and emotions in a safe, confidential space
- Discuss a problem you’re experiencing
- Make a decision about sharing your story
- Connect to other support services
If you need support to make decisions or get involved with the Commission you can speak to an advocate. This is a free service available to all people with disability or family members and carers acting on your behalf.
Advocates can help you:
- Protect your rights
- Share your experience
- Work through problems
- Find support and services
- Make the right choices for you
Advocacy supports are also available specifically for Indigenous Australians with disability living in remote areas.
If you decide to share your story you may be worried about legal consequences and want advice. Accessing this free service might help if you:
- Want to name organisations or people in your submission
- Have a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement that stops you from sharing
- Are worried that you or others will be targeted, feel unsafe, are in danger, or will lose services or employment
- Mention something from a current or past court case, or something illegal
The Commission also provides counselling support if you are attending a public hearing, community forum, or a private session.