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Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

On 4 April 2019, the Federal Government announced the establishment of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

In Australia, a Royal Commission is the highest form of inquiry on matters of public importance. It has considerable powers within the terms of reference of the Commission and usually involves research into an issue, consultations with experts both within and outside government, and public consultations via witness testimony.

The aim of the Royal Commission is to provide a series of recommendations, which may include changing laws or policy, to help inform governments, institutions and the wider community on how to prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in the future.

Royal Rehab’s Response to the Royal Commission

Royal Rehab and our Board of Directors welcomes the Royal Commission for the benefit of people living with disability and for all Australians. We believe that the Commission marks a critical step in promoting the human rights of people with disability.

As an organisation committed to delivering high quality services and championing the rights of the people we serve, we are fully supportive of any advancements in a national culture of inclusion, accessibility and respect.

Royal Rehab and our Board of Directors strongly supports the Commission’s broad and inclusive terms of reference.

We expect in the coming months, the Royal Commission will focus on many areas of importance to people living with disabilities, their families and carers, providers and the disability sector as a whole.

Royal Rehab intends to provide regular communications to keep residents, clients, patients, guests and their families/carers, and other stakeholders up to date. As always, we welcome feedback and comments and are open to assisting in any way we can.

Royal Rehab’s Royal Commission Support Team

Royal Rehab has established a Support Team to ensure we are ready to respond to any requests promptly and accurately.

The Support Team is available to respond to enquiries relating to the Commission from employees, residents, clients, patients, guests and their families/carers, and other stakeholders. The team plans to provide information and updates as the Commission progresses.

If you would like to contact us about the Commission please email us or phone 0417 666 537.

Further Information

A Royal Commission website has been set up. To keep up-to-date on when submissions open as well as other information about the Royal Commission you can visit their website.

A temporary hotline has been set up by the Commission for enquiries 1800 880 052 and is available Monday–Friday from 9am–7pm AEST.

If you are aware of any person currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your safety, call 000 or contact the Police.