The Disability Royal Commission was established in April 2019 in response to community concern about reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability. The Commission is investigating:
- preventing and better protecting people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
- achieving best practice in reporting, investigating and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability
- promoting a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be independent and live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Over the past 2 years, the Disability Royal Commission has conducted hearings across Australia on issues including education, justice, health, employment and housing.
The Public Advocate has contributed the following to the Disability Royal Commission to date;
- Writing to the Commonwealth Attorney General to request that the Disability Royal Commission protect the confidentiality of all submissions, so that people can tell their stories without fear of reprisal once the Commission concludes its work. A change to Commonwealth legislation was recently passed, which includes submission and witness confidentiality provisions
- Attending a Justice Workshop convened by the Commission where participants discussed the barriers and challenges facing people with disability in the criminal justice system
- Preparing a submission in response to the Commission’s Emergency Planning and Response Issues Paper, which raised concerns about legislative amendments passed by the Queensland Government during the COVID-19 pandemic. To read this submission click here
- Preparing a submission to the Commission in regard to the experience of people during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To read this submission click here
- Providing the Royal Commission with a copy of the Public Advocate’s report; Preserving the financial futures of vulnerable Queenslanders: A review of Public Trustee fees, charges and practices, which was tabled in Queensland Parliament on 10 March 2021. To read this report, click here
The Public Advocate is continuing to work on submissions to the Royal Commission on topics including health care, criminal justice, restrictive practices, community attitudes and mental health.