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

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

The Australian government announced the establishment of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission) on 5 April 2019. This was in response to community concern, reflected in various inquiries, about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability.  

The Disability Royal Commission’s final report will be delivered to the Australian Government by 29 September 2023.  

More information is available on the Disability Royal Commission website.   

Engagement with Disability Royal Commission 

The Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Ben Gauntlett has led the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (the Commission’s) engagement with the Disability Royal Commission. 

To date, the Commission has provided three written submissions in response to issues Papers published by Disability Royal Commission. These submissions include:  

  • Inclusive Education for People with Disability (19 December 2019)    
  • People with Disability and the Criminal Justice System (20 March 2020)    
  • Employment and People with Disability (24 September 2020). 

Dr Gauntlett also appeared at a witness at Disability Royal Commission’s Public Hearing on pathways and barriers to open employment for people with disability in December 2020. 

Inclusive Education for People with Disability  

In response to the Disability Royal Commission’s Education and Learning Issues Paper, the Commission has provided a written submission on 19 December 2019.   

The submission outlines 12 recommendations to improve implementation of the right to inclusive education for people with disability in Australia.   

This submission is available here.  

People with Disability and the Criminal Justice System  

In response to the Disability Royal Commission’s Criminal Justice System Issues Paper, the Commission provided a written submission on 20 March 2020.   

The submission outlines 21 recommendations to improve Australia’s compliance with its international obligations and protect the rights of people with disability who interact with the criminal justice system.   

This submission is available here.  

Employment and People with Disability  

In response to the Disability Royal Commission’s Employment Issues Paper, the Commission has provided a written submission on 24 September 2020.   

The submission makes 22 recommendations to improve Australia’s compliance with its international obligations and protect the rights of people with disability in an employment context.  

This submission is available here.  

Attendance at the Disability Royal Commission  

On 11 December 2020, Commissioner Gauntlett appeared as a witness to the Disability Royal Commission’s Public Hearing into pathways and barriers to open employment for people with disability. 

At the hearing, the Commissioner spoke about his lived experience with disability and the barriers he experienced at the workplace. He also addressed the recommendations provided by the Commission’s written submission on employment and people with disability.  

A transcript of this Public Hearing is available here.