The Disability Royal Commission: What’s Happening in 2020?

A Schedule of 2020 Events has been released by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. Alongside this a Progress Report sets out the findings and actions undertaken since the Commission’s establishment in April 2019.

Hearing dates scheduled for the first half of 2020 can be seen below.

Key investigations will focus on cognitive disability access in the health system, the experience of students with disability in the education sector, and the experiences of people with disability in the justice system.

The Royal Commission will also investigate findings into the experiences of First Nations people with disability in terms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Community engagement opportunities throughout the year will enable those with disability an opportunity to share their personal experiences and concerns in less formal environments that will be included and shared in the Royal Commission.

To date the Royal Commission has uncovered many disturbing accounts of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

Chair Ronald Sackville AO QC encourages involvement from the public in the Royal Commission’s investigations and findings. “With the active participation of people with disability, advocates, and the disability community, the Royal Commission provides a genuine opportunity to bring about the transformational change necessary to achieve a more inclusive society.

“Such a society must unstintingly recognise the dignity, autonomy, equality and freedom of choice of people with disability.

In line with this, the Royal Commission will shortly launch a new website which will enable those wishing to be heard to submit their responses and concerns online through a simplified and easy to fill submission form. This website will also make available downloadable resources and online ordering system for free print materials.

Physical Disability Australia remains hopeful that the Royal Commission will positively impact on the lives of all those living with disability in our country.  To keep up to date with key issues we encourage you follow us on social media or to sign up for our free membership.

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  • – February 6: Engagement with First Nations people, organisations and communities – Brisbane
  • – February 11 – 14: Engagement with First Nations people, organisations and communities – Northern Territory
  • – February 17 – 28: Public hearing – Health, Sydney
  • – March 4 – 5: Engagement with First Nations people, organisations and communities – Queensland
  • – March 17 – 19: Community engagement activities – Launceston & Burnie, Tasmania
  • – March 24 – 27: Public hearing – Education, Brisbane
  • – April 1 – 3: Community engagement activities – regional Victoria
  • – April 21 – 22: Community engagement activities – Western Sydney
  • – April 27 – 1 May: Public hearing – Justice, Brisbane
  • – May 6 – 7: Community engagement activities – Brisbane
  • – May 13 – 15: Engagement with First Nations people, organisations and communities – Northern Territory
  • – May 18 – 22: Public hearing – Issues faced by and experiences of First Nations people with disability, Northern Territory
  • – May 25 – 26: Engagement with First Nations people, organisations and communities – Northern Territory
  • – June 10 – 12: Public hearing – Topic to be advised, Tasmania
  • – June 16 – 18: Community engagement activities – Far North Queensland

To find out more details about these events, you can check the Disability Royal Commission website, send an email to DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au, or call their information service on 1800 517 199

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