What is the Disability Royal Commission?

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was set up in 2019. We usually call it the “Disability Royal Commission” or the DRC.  

The Disability Royal Commission was set up to give advice to Australian governments, organisations and the community about how they can stop the mistreatment of people with disability. Types of mistreatment include:  

  • Violence (someone hurting you physically) 
  • Abuse (someone treating you badly)
  • Neglect (someone not helping you the way they are supposed to help you)
  • Exploitation (someone taking advantage of you) 

The Disability Royal Commission wants to stop mistreatment in all places and situations, including in schools, workplaces, jails and detention centres, disability and mental health facilities, group homes, family homes, hospitals and day programs. 

It is also investigating how everyone can help create a more inclusive society.  

In September 2023, the Disability Royal Commission will provide a report to the Australian government. This report will include recommendations to better protect people with disability and promote a more inclusive society.   

For more information about the Disability Royal Commission:  

Should I get involved?  

The Disability Royal Commission needs to hear from Autistic people (and their families and carers) so they can fully understand the experiences of Autistic people and prevent mistreatment.  

Whether you want to share your past experiences is up to you. We know this can be very difficult. You may prefer to share your ideas on how to stop Autistic people being mistreated. By sharing your ideas, you can influence the Disability Royal Commission’s recommendations to government.  

Most of the Disability Royal Commission’s recommendations aim to improve the lives of all people with disability, but some changes more specific to improving the lives of Autistic people may be needed.  

Find out more information about recommendations already made by the Disability Royal Commission.

Find out more information about particular topics the Royal Commission wants to hear more about – particularly from Autistic people (and their families and carers).

You can read more information about making a submission.

How can I stay up to date with the Disability Royal Commission’s work? 

The Disability Royal Commission’s fortnightly e-newsletter, Connect, can help you stay up to date with the Disability Royal Commission’s work and how you can get involved. 

The e-newsletter talks about the Commission’s latest news, reports, resources, how you can get involved and topics it needs to hear more about (particularly from people with lived experience). 

View the latest Connect e-newsletter. For the latest news and more information, you can subscribe to receive e- newsletters fortnightly. 

You can also stay up to date through the Royal Commission’s social media channels and media announcements 

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