Disability Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is accepting submissions. A submission is the main way people and organisations can provide information to the Royal Commission about their experiences of violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation of people with disability. Anybody can make a submission. Submissions can be made using the form available on the Royal Commission Submissions page. An Easy Read version of the form is also available.

The Australian Government is funding a legal advisory service and advocacy support for people who want assistance to make a submission. If you need assistance in making a submission you can contact them using the information below.

You can contact the Disability Royal Commission:

  • by email at DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au
  • by telephone on 1800 517 199 (9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday AEDT excluding public holidays)
  • by post at GPO Box 1422, Brisbane Qld 4001

ABC Television has created a webpage where it will file all its news stories on this Royal Commission – https://www.abc.net.au/news/story-streams/disability-royal-commission/

Deafness Forum’s position on the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

People with disability have the right to live free of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Behaviours and practices that abuse, neglect or exploit people with disability are unacceptable and inexcusable.

People must be able to complain and to give evidence to this Royal Commission free from influence or fear of reprisal. They are entitled to supports that offer choice and independence.

Deafness Forum of Australia is an independent peak body advocating for the highest quality of service to its constituents. While Deafness Forum may have had affiliations with organisations that might come under scrutiny by Commissioners, it sees the Royal Commission as an opportunity to identify issues to improve the quality of service for the millions of Australians our organisation represents.