The Disability Royal Commission (opens in new window) 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 investigated ways to:
- prevent and protect people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
- implement best practice in reporting, investigating, and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability
- promote a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be independent and live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Over the past 4 years, the Disability Royal Commission has conducted hearings across Australia on issues including education, justice, health, employment and housing.
The Public Advocate contributed the following to the Commission with:
- 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 .
- 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 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 .
- A submission to the Commission, on behalf of the Australian Guardianship and Administration Council (AGAC), in response to its paper 'Supported decision-making: Proposals for reform'. To read this submission, click here .