Disability Royal Commission

Disability Royal Commission

In 2019, the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission) was established to inquire into a broad range of matters including:

    1. what governments, institutions and the community should do to prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, having regard to the extent of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation experienced by people with disability in all settings and contexts;
    2. what governments, institutions and the community should do to achieve best practice to encourage reporting of, and effective investigations of and responses to, violence against, and abuse, neglect and exploitation of, people with disability, including addressing failures in, and impediments to, reporting, investigating and responding to such conduct;
    3. what should be done to promote a more inclusive society that supports the independence of people with disability and their right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation;
    4. any matter reasonably incidental to a matter referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c) or that you believe is reasonably relevant to your inquiry.

The Disability Royal Commission provides a valuable opportunity to contribute to better outcomes, enhanced quality of life, greater inclusion and accessibility and strengthened protections for Queenslanders with disability.

Disability Royal Commission Final Report

On 28 September 2023, the Chair and Commissioners delivered the Final Report of the Disability Royal Commission to the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd).

On 29 September 2023, the Australian Government tabled the Disability Royal Commission Final Report in the Australian Parliament.

The Disability Royal Commission Final Report volumes can be found at the following link: Final Report | Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Queensland Response to Royal Commission

The Disability Royal Commission, together with the Independent Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS Review), provide an important foundation to drive positive outcomes that will improve the lives of people with disability. The scale and complexity of the reform agenda was recently acknowledged in the Disability Reform Ministerial Council’s 5 March 2024 Joint Statement on Australian, State and Territory responses to the Disability Royal Commission.

The Queensland Government has committed to consider all relevant recommendations from the Disability Royal Commission, and publicly report on acceptance and implementation of the recommendations by mid-2024.

Queensland Government submission to the Disability Royal Commission

In December 2022, to support the Disability Royal Commission in its considerations and analysis, the Queensland Government provided a submission that outlines Queensland’s vision for inclusive, thriving communities where people with disability can prosper, and provides insight into Queensland’s unique geographical and social environment and the services and approaches taken to provide high-quality disability capable services that empower and support people with disability.