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 investigates:

  • How to stop instances of people with disability experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation and protecting people from future harm.
  • Achieving more accountability with investigating and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.
  • Moving toward a more inclusive system that supports people with disability from all background and with varied needs to be independent and live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

More information about the Commission can be found here.


Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Communities Consultation

10 August 2020: 3–5PM (Zoom)

VACCHO is organising an online consultation with Aboriginal workers from Home and Community Care and Program for Young People, to discuss key questions raised in the First Nations Issues Paper.

Now is the time to have your say on how to improve the Victorian disability system for us mob, so contact your local Aboriginal Development Officer for details and to register.

Given the short timeframe between now and the submission deadline on 11 September, we are only able to host one consultation with workers.

What's VACCHO's role after the consultation? 

VACCHO has advocated on related matters about the NDIS and funding for ACCOs. We want to ensure that Community voices and expertise are heard through this process and reflected in the Commission’s recommendations.

VACCHO will discuss the key questions from the First Nations Issues Paper during the consultation and follow up with individuals if they would like to discuss matters outside the consultation time slot. Once these notes are transcribed, the material will be developed into a submission document. This document will be reviewed by ADOs and Aboriginal staff at VACCHO before it is submitted to the Royal Commission.

For further information on VACCHO's work relating to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability contact Nina Kojovic on 0408 888 273.

What happens after the submission?

Once the Royal Commission has received VACCHO or an individual’s written, audio or video account, staff will contact you to confirm it was received. This will be through a letter of acknowledgement.

If you share your story with the Royal Commission, it may be made public. If you do not want your story to be shared, please let them know in writing or during a private session. All videos submitted to the Royal Commission will be transcribed and assessed and analysed in the same way as written submissions. Transcriptions are for internal use only.

The Commissioners are encouraging people with disability, family, friends and the people who support them to share their experiences with in your first language including Aboriginal languages and Auslan. The Commission can provide interpreters and translators.

If you would like to have a private session with a Royal Commissioner?

VACCHO are yet to confirm if there is an Aboriginal staff member who can speak to you and host a private session. If you are eager to share a story without this certainty please contact the Commission here.

Looking after ourselves

Whilst the Commission has organised for counselling and other supports for people attending hearings, we strongly encourage you to arrange the same supports for individuals watching should you choose to stream the Commission’s proceedings at your local Aboriginal Community controlled health service.

Other supports and story sharing can be found here.