The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was established on 4 April 2019. It wants to hear how people with disability have experienced violence, neglect abuse or exploitation and will suggest how this can be prevented in the future.
A submission is the main way people and organisations can provide this information to the Royal Commission.
A submission tells your story about what you have experienced.
Anybody can make a submission. A submission can be made by telephone, email or through the Royal Commission website.
The Royal Commission cannot resolve individual cases. It cannot award compensation or force a person or organisation to take particular actions.
MEDA can provide advocacy support to assist people tell their story to the Royal Commission. Our advocates can:
- help people who want to participate in the Royal Commission plan the best way to tell their story
- help people communicate with the Royal Commission about required communication supports (e.g. interpreters, accessible interview techniques, recordings)
- refer people to other agencies for ongoing counselling and/or psychological support as needed, and
- deal with other related issues faced by people engaging with the Royal Commission e.g. accessing services, finding housing, stopping discrimination or making complaints.
Other helpful links to the Royal Commission are:
If you need assistance with the submission process, or cannot access information on the website, please call the Royal Commission Information line on 1800 517 199 between 9am to 5pm or email: DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au
The Royal Commission has also translated the submission process into AusLan.
Dates for hearing of the Royal Commission are available at the following page on the Royal Commission website.
Click to download an infosheet outlining the Complaints about Victorian Disability Services from 1 July 2019.