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:  

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..  

The e-newsletter talks about the Commission’s latest news, reports and progress towards its final report.  

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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