Join the fight to end violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability by engaging with the Disability Royal Commission.

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Coming up next in 2022

a paper calendar on a table, open to January, with some paperclips and leaves.The first hearing scheduled for 2022 is in February and will dig into Centrelink’s Disability Employment Services. We had some things to say about them in our submission to the Senate Disability Support Pension (DSP) inquiry, since many people with disability on Jobseeker have been unjustly denied access to the DSP.

Other hearing topics announced so far include guardianship arrangements and substituted decision making, Australian Disability Enterprises (also known as sheltered workshops), and the second part of the postponed hearing on women and girls with disability.

Thinking about sharing your story with the Disability Royal Commission in 2022? Find out more.

Catch-up: Life Without Barriers?

An institutional-looking bedroom with a single bed and chair and a rolling table.Hearing 20 continued the theme of how disability service providers can prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. The Royal Commission heard about two case studies involving group homes run by Life Without Barriers.

Witnesses spoke about their experiences living in or supporting family members in group homes which were violent or neglectful. The Commission then questioned Life Without Barriers leadership, who did not impress.

Find out more about the hearing and group homes on our disability housing page.

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