DISABILITY 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:
DACSSA AND THE ROYAL COMMISSION
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 documents for a submission
- 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?
- 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.
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.
IS THIS THE SAME AS THE NDIS QUALITY AND SAFEGUARDS COMMISSION?
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 fact sheet on phases of advocacy assistance.
Disability Royal Commission Resources
- General fact sheet about the Commission.
- Information on submission process , including Auslan and easy-to-read formats.
- 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?”
- Disability Royal Commission – phone 1800 517 199
- National Counselling and Referral Service – phone 1800 421 468 or 02 6146 1468
Support for: emotional wellbeing; making choices about telling your story; or for other other practical supports available to you.
Open 9am to 6pm weekdays or 9am to 5pm weekends AEDT.
ENQUIRE ABOUT THE DISABILITY ROYAL COMMISSION OR REQUEST SUPPORT
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.Online Form