People with disability, and our representative organisations, have fought long and hard for a Disability Royal Commission. We have fought for a chance to be heard, and to shine a light onto the systems which have failed to uphold our right to live free of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
A Royal Commission is an investigation, independent of government, into a matter of great importance. It has the power to hold public hearings, call witnesses under oath, and compel evidence. A Royal Commission makes recommendations to the government about what should be changed in their final report.
The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Exploitation and Neglect of People with Disability started in April 2019 and will run until 29 April 2022.
This is OUR Royal Commission, and right now we have a window of opportunity to tell our stories in a way that will make a difference.