The Disability Royal Commission is receiving submissions until 31 December 2022.
You can share your ideas by making a submission in any way that suits you, for example by:
There will be no rush. If providing your submission by phone, zoom or in person you can take as many breaks as you need or provide your submission over multiple sessions.
The Royal Commission wants to hear from you, so please let them know what would work best for you. Also let them know any support or adjustments you need to share your story or ideas.
For more information, please go to the Disability Royal Commission’s:
Your Story’s resources may also help:
To help you get started, the Disability Royal Commission has some Questions to help and Your Story has some Ideas for preparing your submission. These questions and ideas can help you get ready for a private session, phone chat or recorded submission, they may also help you to share your story or ideas in writing.
The questions and ideas are only a guide, you do not have to answer all of them. It is not a problem if you don’t remember everything or if you can’t (or don’t want to) answer every question. Remember, you can share your story or ideas any way you want to. You can tell your story in order of what happened, you can talk about particular topics, or you may want to answer specific questions. Do whatever is best for you.
To see how other people and organisations have shared their experiences and ideas, you can read submissions made by others or watch some DRC public hearings online.
Please be aware that these submissions and videos contain stories of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation and may be upsetting or distressing for some people. Free counselling and support is available if you are affected by these submissions or any work of the Disability Royal Commission. Find out more information about the support available.
If you want help to share your story or ideas with the Disability Royal Commission, or you have any concerns about making a submission, you can contact:
If you (or a person you care for) has complex support needs (including complex communication support needs), we recommend contacting Relationships Australia Victoria or Drummond Street Services for practical and emotional support to make a submission.