Establishment of Disability Royal Commission

On 5 April 2019, the Government announced the establishment of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Based on feedback received during the consultation process, the Government has strengthened the initial draft Terms of Reference based a number of themes, including:

• ensuring people with disability are firmly at the centre of decision-making

• recognising the importance of people with disability sharing their stories

• acknowledging the multiple and diverse needs of people with disability including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability

• focusing on themes from individual experiences to identify systemic and recurring issues.

The Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference cover what should be done to:

• prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation

• achieve best practice in reporting and investigating of, and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation

• promote a more inclusive society that supports the independence of people with disability and their right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The Government has committed $527.9 million to the Royal Commission and anticipates it will run for three years.

A copy of the Terms of Reference and fact sheet about the Royal Commission can be found here 

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