Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability - Update


The Royal Commission has released its first progress report.

Since it was established in April 2019, the Royal Commission has:

  • Held two public hearings into inclusive education and accommodation, including group homes
  • Held nine stakeholder and advocacy workshops across Australia
  • Held six community forums in Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia
  • Received more than 360 submissions from individuals and organisations
  • Received more than 2000 phone enquires through its national hotline
  • Released three issues papers on key areas of investigation
  • Published its Accessibility and Inclusion Strategy

Next hearing – Western Sydney

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing from 17 February 2020 for up to two weeks. The hearing will investigate the provision of health care to people with disability.

The hearing will look specifically at the access to and treatment of people with cognitive disability, including people with intellectual disability, autism and acquired brain injury, in the health system.

Some of the issues the hearing will explore include: 

  • Barriers faced by people with cognitive disability when accessing and receiving health care and services, including barriers to communication and health professionals’ attitudes, values and assumptions
  • Training and education of health professionals with respect to patients with cognitive disability
  • Delayed diagnoses and misdiagnoses of people with cognitive disability
  • Life expectancy of people with cognitive disability
  • Specific issues for First Nations people with cognitive disability with respect to health care and services.

Issues Papers

The Royal Commission is currently asking for feedback on three issues papers. One on education, one on group homes and one on health care for people with cognitive disability.  The papers are available in Easy Read, PDF and DOCX. Auslan videos for the education and group homes papers are also available and the video for the health issues paper will be available in January.

For more information on issues papers including how to provide a response, please see the website.

To keep up-to-date on when submissions open, as well as other important information about the Commission, please subscribe to the mailing list.