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Royal Commission


On 4th April, 2019, a Royal Commission was announced, inquiring into Abuse, Neglect, Violence and Exploitation of People with Disability (‘The Disability Royal Commission’).

A Royal Commission is the highest form of inquiry. The Disability Royal Commission aims to gather information and make recommendations on a broad range of matters that affect people living with disability.

Making a Submission

A submission is the main way people and organisations can provide information to the Disability Royal Commission in order to give details about their experiences. Anybody can make a submission.

The Disability Royal Commission wants to hear from all Australians about their experiences in the areas of:

      • Abuse
      • Neglect
      • Violence
      • Exploitation

DACSSA has been nominated as a South Australian disability advocacy organisation, funded to support people to engage with the Disability Royal Commission.

DACSSA is not only an advocacy organisation, but an independent advocacy organisation. This means that we act solely in the interests of the person we are supporting, with no relevant conflicts of interest.

How DACSSA is able to assist

DACSSA works to put forward your views and ideas as a person with lived experience of disability.

Our advocates are able to assist you:

      • To learn about the Disability Royal Commission
      • Preparing submission documents
      • Access helpful services

If you continue to experience issues in life relating to disability, DACSSA may be able to assist you in resolving your matter through provision of other forms of advocacy, for example, self-advocacy. More information on our advocacy services can be found in our Advocacy page.

DACSSA is not a legal service, a crisis service or a counselling service. If you need these services, we are able to connect your with services that may assist you.

For more information on our phased advocacy assistance regarding the Disability Royal Commission, please refer to our fact sheet.

Where does the advocacy take place?

Advocacy happens:

      • At the DACSSA offices on Ground Floor, 33 Franklin Street, Adelaide, SA 3000
      • Over the phone
      • At a public place where you feel comfortable to meet e.g. a local library
      • Via email
      • Via videoconferencing

DACSSA understands that individuals may have special access requirements; please contact us if this is the case, so we can tailor our approach.

Future Phases

There may be other features of the Royal Commission such as hearings and community forums that you might want to engage with at a later date. DACSSA will let you know what services we will offer for future Royal Commission engagement.


The Disability Royal Commission is separate from the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission helps to monitor disability service providers and look into complaints about the supports a person receives. This Commission will continue to exercise all of its quality and safeguarding functions, independent of, and during the period that the Disability Royal Commission is in operation.


You can join the Disability Royal Commission mailing list in order to be sent up to date information on the commission, and receive information on community forums and engagement.


DACSSA Resources

  • DACSSA fact sheet on phases of advocacy assistance
  • General DACSSA and DSS fact sheet about the Commission
  • DACSSA and DSS DL-sized brochure about the Commission

Disability Royal Commission Resources

  • Information on submission process , including Auslan and easy-to-read formats
  • General information on the Disability Royal Commission for First Nations Peoples
  • Easyread version of the Terms of Reference of the Disability Royal Commission
  • Standard fact sheet “Do You Need Support for the Disability Royal Commission?”
  • Easyread fact sheet “The Disability Royal Commission Do You Need Support?”

Department of Social Services


Commission Information

Emergency Services

  • Triple Zero (000) – phone 000 if you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your safety, call 000 and ask for “Police”.

Hearing Impairment Relay Service

  • People who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment can contact the services through the National Relay Service – phone 133 677

To initiate discussions with the DACSSA team about the Disability Royal Commission, please fill out our online enquiry form or call DACSSA on (08) 7122 6030

If you are contacting DACSSA on behalf of another person, DACSSA will need to understand that you have consent to act on behalf of this person before progressing (e.g. Parent, Legal Guardian, or through written authority). To find out more about consent, or to download a consent form, please visit our consent page.

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