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Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is the national peak body which represents children and young people (aged 0-25) with disability. CYDA is a not for profit, community organisation.

CYDA receives its core funding under the Commonwealth Department of Social Services national secretariat program. CYDA has also received project funding from the Department of Social Services to provide information, referral and systemic advocacy regarding the experiences of children with disability in relation to the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

CYDA provides a link between the direct experiences of children and young people with disability and their families to federal government and other key stakeholders.


Joint statement by Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA), Disabled People's Organisation Australia (DPO Australia). DPO Australia is comprised of People with Disability Australia (PWDA), First People‚Äôs Disability Network (FPDN), Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA), and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA).

Violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability, including children with disability, is systemic. The evidence is extensive, compelling, and irrefutable. We must hold the systems and perpetrators to account for the decades of injustice.

People with disability and our allies have been calling for a specific Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability for many years. Our calls have been echoed by multiple United Nations human rights monitoring bodies.

The violence occurs in a range of settings including education, the justice system, residential housing, prisons, hospitals, mental health facilities, group homes, detention centres, aged care, and in the community. The violence is interpersonal, structural and institutional.

People with disability have the right to a stand-alone and targeted Royal Commission that will interrogate and address the full scope of violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability.

We are not second-class citizens.

The recently announced Royal Commission into the Aged Care Sector is rightly focused on older people and will primarily examine violence within the aged care sector through a medical lens.

A Royal Commission into all forms of violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability must be embedded within a human rights framework and ensure that people with disability themselves are at the forefront of all decision-making.

People with disability have a right to justice.

Only a targeted disability Royal Commission will deliver the change we need to stop the violence.





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