As you know, the Disability Royal Commission (DRC) into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability was made in 2019 in response to reports of violence and neglect against people with disability throughout Australia. 

The Disability Commission’s goal is to better protect people with disability, achieve best practice in reporting, investigating, and responding to violence, and to promote a more inclusive society. The 4.4 million Australians living with disability – as well as their families, friends, carers, and support workers, deserve the Commission’s best possible outcome. 

The bulk of the DRC is based on real hearings, submissions, and stories from fellow people with disability about their experiences. These pieces of first-hand evidence help the government to understand the wrongdoings that people might face.   

Since the beginning of the Disability Royal Commission, we have seen it as an opportunity to identify and make changes needed to ensure people with disability are respected. We want to contribute to shaping future policy, legislation, administrative and other measures needed to promote human rights, and to change attitudes, behaviour, experiences, and outcomes. As an organisation have made our own submission to the Royal Commission, have actively attended Commission hearings, and updated our policies as a result. 


Have a story to tell? 

With your help, lots of small stories can all add up to make one big story, if the Commission can hear yours. No matter if your story is short, if it is in relations to an incident a long time ago, please consider sharing it. Anyone can make a submission. 

The final date you can submit to the Royal Commission is 31 December 2022. Join the campaign to end violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disability by sharing your story or helping someone to share theirs. 


Ways to make your submission 

Make a submission to the Royal Commission in just about any way you want. The important thing is that the Commission hears you.  

Read the ‘Sharing Your Experience’ brochure:

Need assistance?  

Free, independent counselling and advocacy support is available for people with disability. If you have experienced violence, abuse, neglect, or exploitation, please consider the following:  

  • National Counselling and Referral Service: 1800 421 468 
  • Department of Social Services:  
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14 
  • Men’s Line: 1300 789 978 
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 
  • 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732 
  • Aboriginal Family Domestic Violence Hotline: 1800 019 123  
  • Disability COVID-19 Information Helpline: 1800 643 78

Do you know someone who could benefit from our services?

Refer them to Ability Options to help them get the support they want and deserve.

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