VMIAC Policy Team Update – 25.03.22

Based on feedback from our members, we are going to start posting updates from our Policy team. Gabriel, our Policy and Research Lead, has provided this quick update, in collaboration with Xan from our Disability Royal Commission team, on some of the things happening within our Policy department this week.

Update

VMIAC have been working with Villamanta to raise concerns in relation the processes of the Disability Royal Commission.

We are requesting the Commission provide direct and accessible information to consumers, advocates, and organisations that explains how people can safely participate in hearings, such as the proposed guardianship hearing, where there are confidentiality clauses that pose a risk to breaching legislation. It is important that both consumers and organisations are supported, informed, and safe when engaging with the Disability Royal Commission.

If you are an individual who is wanting to make a submission about Guardianship or an administration order:

  1. YourStory provides free, independent, and confidential legal advice to anyone engaging with the Disability Royal Commission.
    Ph: 1800 77 1800
    Website: Free independent legal support to share Your Story with the Disability Royal Commission – Your Story Disability Legal Support
  1. Our Disability Royal Commission peer-workers can support you to safely share your story with the Disability Royal Commission.
    Ph: (03) 9380 3900
    Website: Everything you need to know to write a submission (vmiac.org.au)
  1. Free and independent trauma-informed support from counsellors is available from BlueKnot Foundation for anyone who would like additional support when engaging with the Disability Royal Commission.
    Ph: 1800 421 468
    Website: https://blueknot.org.au/national-counselling-referral-service-disability/

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