The Royal Commissions

VMIAC and the royal commissions

VMIAC have been funded to support the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

For the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System we are holding online workshops to get feedback from consumers with lived experience or living with mental illness on the Royal Commission’s recommendations. We will also be sharing surveys and you can email or call us with their feedback. This feedback will then be collated into a report to share with the Royal Commission.

For the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, we are holding online submission assistance workshops, helping consumers to have their say. How to make submission guides will also be available on our website if you are unable to attend the workshops. You can also email or call us with your submissions.

What is a Royal Commission?

A Royal Commission is an administrative inquiry established at the discretion of the Executive Government. It operates independently of government and is granted extensive legal powers. In Victoria such a commission is established by letters patent signed by the Governor and the Premier; it is required to inquire into a specified matter and report its findings to the Executive.

The establishment of a Royal Commission reflects the gravity of the matter the Commission is called on to examine. This is the highest and most consequential form of independent public inquiry, and it is accompanied by a degree of formality, significant powers of investigation and the ability to compel evidence if necessary. Evidence at hearings is given under oath. A Royal Commission usually provides policy advice in its recommendations to government.

If either of these Royal Commission’s have or do cause any trauma, triggers or emotional stress, please contact VMIAC’s Royal Commission team on rcsupport@vmiac.org.au