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Jargon Buster

Disability Royal Commission hearings sometimes use terms that most Australians aren’t very familiar with. We’re keeping a list of these and trying to explain them in plain language. Please feel free to email us at if you have suggestions for words that should be included.

Some of these terms are also translated into languages other than English in NEDA’s DRC glossary.

Important note: This Jargon Buster is here to help you understand the less common words and phrases people use during the Disability Royal Commission hearings. Some of the terms defined here are not the generally preferred terms used by people with disability. Some are euphemistic, and some frame people with disability as a problem to be solved, rather than focussing on the system which fails to support us. People with disability may also have differing preferences about the terms we use to describe ourselves.

PWDA does not endorse the use of every term on these lists.