While public hearings were postponed during COVID-19 restrictions, the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability continued their important work behind the scenes.
Today we recap what the Disability Royal Commission is all about, how it works, and its affect on people with disability, their families, and our community as a whole.
Here’s an Easy Read guide in PDF.
What is the Disability Royal Commission?
A royal commission is an nationwide inquiry into a particular topic or issue that is independent of the Government.
This Commission started on 5th April 2019 and is a response to concerns about widespread violence against, and neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability in the community.
Each Commission has set terms on what they will investigate. This is what the Disability Royal Commission will look at:
- Prevention and better protection of people with disability from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
- Establishing best practice in reporting, investigating and responding to these incidents
- Promotion of a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be independent and free of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
Seven experienced Commissioners were chosen to conduct the investigation over a three year period.
What’s happens in a Royal Commission?
The Disability Royal Commission investigates and reports on experiences and conditions across all settings. This includes schools, workplaces, jails, group homes, and hospitals. They are reviewing experiences that happened in the past as well the present.
They collect information from:
- Public hearings
- Submissions and testimonies from people with disability, their families, and carers, and relevant organisations and stakeholders
The information goes towards delivering a report to the Government on the 29th April 2022. This will include recommendations on how to improve policies and practices towards ensuring an inclusive and just society.
Stay tuned for next weeks’ update on how the submission process works and how you can share your experience.