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Support Is Available During The Disability Royal Commission

The process of Royal Commissions can be highly emotional and challenging for people involved.

Free counselling and referral support is available for all people who might be affected by the Disability Royal Commission. Services are provided by the Australian Government.

These free services can be accessed by participants as well as their families or carers. Whether you require emotional support through the process or you want to share your experiences, counselling services are available from the Blue Knot FoundationContact them on 1800 421 468 (Mon-Fri 9am-6pm AEDT, Sat to Sun 9am-5pm AEDT).

A number of other services are also accessible including advocacy, legal and financial support.

For more information, visit theAustralian Government Department of Social Services website.

About the Disability Royal Commission

Royal commissions are independent investigations into matters of great importance.

The Disability Royal Commission was established in 2019 in response to community concern about reports of violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disabilities.

It aims to investigate how to:

  • prevent harm to people with disability and how better to protect them from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation

  • establish best practices in reporting, investigating and responding to incidents

  • promote a more inclusive society that better supports the needs of people with disability. 

Almost 2,000 submissions have been received.The commission is still receiving submissions.

The final report will make recommendations to government. The report is expected on 29 September 2023.

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website for more information or call 1800 517 199.

Disability Royal Commission Hub

National Disability Services (NDS) has a hub of information, updates and resources around the Disability Royal Commission. 

Visit the NDS Royal Commission Hub for relevant updates and how they may apply to you and the disability sector.