About the Disability Royal Commission

About the Disability Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was established on 4 April 2019. 

The Disability 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 Disability Royal Commission will examine all forms of violence against, and abuse, neglect and exploitation of, people with disability, in all settings and contexts; including:

  • schools
  • workplaces
  • jails and detention centres
  • secure disability and mental health facilities
  • group homes or boarding houses
  • family homes
  • hospitals
  • day programs

The Disability Royal Commission gathers information through research, public hearings, and personal experiences shared with the Commissioners in submissions, private sessions and other forums.

The Disability Royal Commission will deliver a final report to the Australian Government by 29 April 2022 recommending how to improve laws, policies, structures, and practices to ensure a more inclusive and just society.

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