What is the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability?

The Disability Royal Commission was established in April 2019 in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability. These incidents might have happened recently or a long time ago. 

The Disability Royal Commission will investigate: 

  • preventing and better protecting people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation 
  • achieving best practice in reporting, investigating and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability 
  • promoting a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be independent and live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. 

The Disability Royal Commission will investigate and report on experiences and conditions in all settings and contexts, including: 

  • schools 
  • workplaces 
  • jails 
  • group homes or boarding houses 
  • family homes 
  • hospitals 
  • day programs 

The Disability Royal Commission gathers information through research, public hearings, the personal experiences people tell us about and submissions, private sessions, and other forums. 

The final report will be given to the Australian Government will by 29 April 2022. In this report, the Royal Commission will recommend how to improve laws, policies, structures and practices to ensure a more inclusive and just society.