Disability Royal Commission - information for young people

    About the Royal Commission

    The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability - commonly called the Disability Royal Commission - was established in 2019. It is scheduled to run until 2022.

    A Royal Commission is an independent investigation into issues of public importance. Commissioners are appointed by the government. They will commission research, hear evidence and receive submissions, and then make recommendations to government about what should change.

    For the Disability Royal Commission, the Commissioners have been asked to consider a range of issues, including:

    • preventing and better protecting people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
    • achieving best practice in reporting, investigating and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability
    • promoting a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be independent and live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

    They will look at these issues across all settings and environments, including schools, hospitals, workplaces, and homes.

    How you can get involved

    Everyone is invited to share their stories with the Royal Commission. You can provide as many submissions as you would like.

    There are a number of ways you can do this:

    • Write your thoughts down. You can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to the Commission, fill out an online submission form, or send in a written submission. The Commission's website has guiding questions to help you write your submission.
    • Talk to someone at the Commission, by calling 1800 517 199 or 07 3734 1900 from 9am to 6pm AEDT Monday to Friday.
    • Record your story (voice or video) and send it to the Commission.
    • Apply for a private session with a Commissioner. This is a chance to speak to a Commissioner directly about your experiences. **Please note, because of the coronavirus pandemic, private sessions have been postponed until further notice.

    The Royal Commission is also releasing issues papers about particular topics. So far this includes education and learning, justice, and group homes. The issues papers have questions you can answer in your submission if you would like.

    Free support is available

    There are three types of free support being provided for people who are affected by the Royal Commission, or who would like to share their stories.

    Counselling

    Blue Knot Foundation offers free, specialist counselling support and a referral service for people with disability, their families and carers, and anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

    You can call Blue Knot Foundation’s national hotline on 1800 421 468 (9am to 6pm AEDT Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm AEDT on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays). Blue Knot can provide counselling and also refer you to local services in your state or territory.

    Please visit the Royal Commission's website for information about accessing Blue Knot's services in another language or if you have a hearing impairment.

    Advocacy

    You can get free advocacy support to help with preparing your submission, and you can talk to advocates about assistance with other matters, too.

    Find your nearest advocacy service through the Department of Social Services' Disability Advocacy Finder or through the Disability Advocacy Network of Australia.

    Legal services

    Free, independent legal advice is available from Your Story Disability Legal Support, to help you interact with the Royal Commission.

    You can call Your Story on 1800 771 800 (9.15am to 5.15pm AEDT Monday to Friday). Please visit their website for information about accessing their services in another language or if you have a hearing impairment.

    Your Story has a range of resources on their website to help when you're planning your submission, including factsheets and FAQs.

    More information

    For more information about the Disability Royal Commission, please visit their website. You can also subscribe to have updates emailed to you.

    CYDA has been funded to engage with the Royal Commission over the next two years, including to provide information to young people with disability.

    For more information about our work around the Commission, please contact our Policy and Program Manager Maeve Kennedy, on 03 9417 1025 or 1800 222 660 (regional or interstate callers). You can also This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Resources

    Research & reports

    August 2020

    Contact list - Disability Royal Commission support services by jurisdiction

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    Submissions

    May 2020

    Inquiry into the Australian Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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    More than isolated: The experience of children and young people with disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Research & reports

    May 2020

    More than isolated: The experience of children and young people with disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic

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    More than isolated’: COVID-19 compounds inequities for children and young people with disability

    Media Releases

    May 2020

    More than isolated’: COVID-19 compounds inequities for children and young people with disability

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    Submissions

    May 2020

    Disability Royal Commission - Emergency planning and response during COVID-19

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    Submissions

    May 2020

    Disability Royal Commission - Emergency planning and response during COVID-19

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    The Disability Royal Commission and how to get involved

    Fact sheets

    February 2020

    The Disability Royal Commission and how to get involved

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    How can we help keep children and young people with disability safe?

    Fact sheets

    February 2020

    How can we help keep children and young people with disability safe?

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    What to do when harm occurs - or you suspect it

    Fact sheets

    February 2020

    What to do when harm occurs - or you suspect it

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    What is violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and young people with disability

    Fact sheets

    February 2020

    What is violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and young people with disability

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    Towards inclusive education: A necessary process of transformation

    Research & reports

    October 2019

    Towards inclusive education: A necessary process of transformation

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    Submissions

    October 2019

    Disability Royal Commission - Education of children and young people with disability

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    Submissions

    September 2019

    Draft accessibility strategy of the Royal Commission into Violence Abuse Neglect and Exploitation

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    Strengthening participation of children and young people with disability in advocacy

    Research & reports

    October 2014

    Strengthening participation of children and young people with disability in advocacy

    Article

    Enabling and protecting: Proactive approaches to addressing the abuse an neglect of children and young people with disability

    Research & reports

    July 2014

    Enabling and protecting: Proactive approaches to addressing the abuse an neglect of children and young people with disability

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    Legislation & acts

    December 2006

    United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability 2006

    External Website

    Legislation & acts

    December 2006

    United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability 2006

    External Website