If you are a person with disability and who experienced violence, abuse, neglect, or exploitation, you may want to speak about it. As mentioned in our previous article, there are a number of ways to do this.
By sharing your story you help the Disability Royal Commission understand what’s happening and how we can improve things. They will then make recommendations to the Government.
Every month an Issue Paper is released, which focuses on a specific topic. The Commission welcomes all people with disability, their families, organisations, and the greater public to share their experiences related to these topics.
How to make a submission
- Complete an online submission
- Phone 1800 517 199 (9am to 5pm AEDT Monday – Friday except public holidays)
- Email audio or visual recordings or text documents to DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au
- Post documents to GPO Box 1422, Brisbane QLD 4001
- In a private session with a Commissioner (currently unavailable due to COVID-19)
Here’s a handy infographic [PDF] explaining the submission process.
You can make a submission in your preferred language, and get support from interpreters and translators.
Protecting your confidentiality
Once submitted, your experience may be published in reports or documents. If you’re worried about this then you can choose for it not to be published. This applies for the period of the Commission until April 2022.
You also have the option to publish your submission without your name.
Online, written, or audio-visual submissions won’t be published without your consent.
Get legal support
If you are worried about any negative consequences from employers or service providers, you should let the Commission know before you submit. They can help protect you with free legal services.
You can call them on 1800 771 800 (Monday – Friday, excluding public holidays).