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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Find an advocate to help you make a submission

At PWDA, we have advocates who can help you with the Disability Royal Commission. Our advocacy services are free, independent and confidential.

An advocate can help you with:

  • information about the Disability Royal Commission
  • making a submission or applying for a private session
  • support to speak at a public hearing
  • organising communication support
  • accessing legal advice
  • linking you to counselling support services

A PWDA advocate can also help you with issues you are experiencing outside of the Disability Royal Commission. This might include problems with Centrelink, the NDIS, housing, or discrimination in other settings.

If you would like support from one of our advocates, you can call us on 1800 843 929 (toll free) or email info@wayfinderhub.com.au.

You can also look for other advocacy organisations in your area using a government tool called the Disability Advocacy Finder.

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Free counselling

You can get free emotional support from the Blue Knot Foundation. Blue Knot’s counselling and referral service is available for people with disability, their families and carers, and anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

You can call Blue Knot’s dedicated counselling service on 1800 421 468, or visit their website here.

Blue Knot can help you with:

  • support with how you’re feeling about the Disability Royal Commission
  • support for making choices about telling your story
  • information about other ways to get practical support

The service operates 9am to 6pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm weekends (AEDT).

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Free legal advice

You can get free legal support from the Your Story Disability Legal Service. You can call the service on 1800 771 800 between 9.15am and 5.15pm (AEDT).

The person on the phone will explain how to tell your story to the Disability Royal Commission. If you need advice from a lawyer, they will help you make an appointment and a legal expert will call you back. You can talk to them about things like:

  • your legal rights,
  • naming a person or organisation in your story or submission,
  • what to do if any part of your story is covered by a confidentiality or non- disclosure agreement that you have signed,
  • what to do if you are worried about someone trying to punish you for telling your story, like by denying you or someone else access to services,
  • what to do if you want your story or submission, or parts of it, to be kept private.
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