The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the 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.
There is a rolling schedule of Hearings and events which can be found here.
There is a specific Intake team who are equipped and able to help with enquiries over the phone. You can reach them on 1800 517 199 or +61 7 3734 1900, 9:00am to 6:00pm AEDST Monday to Friday, excluding national public holidays.
An online video consultation was held on 10 August 2020. After this event the contributions from attendees were paired with research and case studies and submitted as part of the 'Experience of First Nations Peoples with Disability' response to Issues Paper.
VACCHO has advocated on related matters about the NDIS and funding for ACCOs. We want to ensure that Community voices and expertise are heard throughout this process and reflected in the Commission’s recommendations.
The submission was drafted, reviewed, and submitted in October 2020. A copy of the Submission can be found here.
If you would like to discuss any topics in the Submission or want further information on VACCHO's work relating to the Commission contact Nina Kojovic.
Once the Commission has received VACCHO's or an individual’s written, audio or video account, their staff will contact you via email to confirm it was received.
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, their family, friends and the people who support them, to share their experiences in their first language including Aboriginal languages and Auslan. The Commission can provide interpreters and translators.
The Disability Royal Commission Engagement Team has developed an Engagement Plan for 2021. This will include engaging with Aboriginal communities in Victoria, lead by a team of Aboriginal staff.
The Commission Team will be running information sessions about the process of engagement (approx. mid-2021). The Team will specifically run information sessions with ACCOs and Aboriginal community groups on what the Commission can offer and how the engagement works. The Commission staff want to facilitate choice for Community members to share their stories in a way best suited to their needs.
The Commission will host small, culturally safe, Community meetings in mid to late 2021 (dependent on the current COVID-19 status and restrictions). VACCHO will be involved in scheduling these sessions and will advocate for them to be held close to our Members and in accessible locations.
We will continue to update this webpage with more information.
The Commission has engaged Aboriginal staff who can speak to you and host a private session. There are also disability advocacy organisations available to assist with issues you have faced with services.
The Commission have also partnered with mental health organisations to provide counselling and support for you and your family if you come forward as a witness or to have a private session.
To get counselling support you can call the National Counselling and Referral Service and ask to be connected to a counsellor or advocate. Call 1800 421 468 (9am to 6pm weekdays, and 9am to 5pm weekends and national public holidays). Or you can visit the Department of Social Services website for a list of services.
If you would like to arrange a private session please contact the Commission here.
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 home our your local Aboriginal Community controlled health service.
Other supports for story sharing can be found here.
Here is a list of services that are offering valuable mental health supports:
Ask to be connected to 07 3734 1900.