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Update on the Disability Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (DRC) has recommenced their engagement sessions, after being postponed due to COVID-19. The first engagement session was an online meeting with representatives from a range of First Nations organisations in Victoria.


The Royal Commission has also announced their first public hearing since COVID-19, to be held during the week commencing Monday 17 August 2020 in Sydney. The public hearing will focus on the experiences of people with disability during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 


So far the Royal Commission has received over 1,000 submissions. Some interesting facts include:

  • 47% of submissions were from people with a disability
  • 41% of submissions were from family members
  • 16% of submissions were from advocates or paid carers.
  • 29% of submissions were in relation to children/young people
  • 46% of submissions came from females
  • 24% came via the online form
  • 65% came via email.
  • The Eastern states (NSW, VIC & QLD) contributed to 74% of all submissions.


The Royal Commission is still actively encouraging submissions from individuals, families and carers, recently releasing their information brochures in a range of languages, in addition to their Easy Read and AUSLAN versions. In addition, they have released posters, flyers and postcards explaining how to make a submission.


Baptist Care SA will continue to provide regular updates on the Royal Commission; however, if you would like to access any of these resources, or would like more information about making a submission, please visit their website or contact Chelsea Arnold on 8273 7100 (a return phone call will be arranged) or [email protected].

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