Draft Terms of Reference for a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
The Australian Government has announced the beginning of a public consultation on the draft terms of reference for a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
The consultation seeks feedback on issues that may be confronting and distressing. Sometimes words can cause sadness or distress, or trigger traumatic memories for people, particularly people who have experienced past abuse or trauma.
For some people, these responses can be overwhelming. If you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your safety, call 000 or contact Police.
If you or a family member need immediate help or counselling, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.
Why is the Government consulting on the Terms of Reference?
The Government is seeking your views on the scope of a Royal Commission to ensure it captures the issues that are important to people.
A Royal Commission will focus on what governments, institutions and the community should do to prevent, and respond to, violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.
A Royal Commission may cover all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability, in all settings. However, the exact scope of a Royal Commission will be determined by its Terms of Reference.
People with disability have told all levels of government through numerous federal and state and territory inquiries, about cases of abuse, neglect, and violence. This is reflected in industry reporting, which shows people with disability are more likely to experience abuse, neglect, violence, and exploitation than people without disability.
A Royal Commission will hear from people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation. It will help us ensure their rights are protected and inform how we improve the safety and treatment of people with disability, no matter where they live in Australia.
Have your say on the Terms of Reference
You can have your say on the Terms of Reference by completing a public survey.
The survey will be open from Wednesday, 13 March to Thursday, 28 March 2019.
Please note this survey is to inform the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission and the supports that might be needed during the Royal Commission.
There will be opportunities to share your story once a Royal Commission is established.
Please do not include specific information about cases of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, which have occurred to you, or another person, in responses to this survey.
If you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your safety, call 000 or contact Police.
Support to participate
Support is available for people who wish to provide input on the Terms of Reference.
If you need help to complete the survey, contact the Survey Hotline on 1800 880 052 Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm AEST or your disability advocate for support and advice. You can find a disability advocate at the Disability Advocacy Finder.
The Government will seek the Governor General’s approval to establish a Royal Commission after the public consultation is completed.
Your comments will be collated and provided to government to inform the Terms of Reference, which are included in the Letters Patent (the legal instrument which guides the Royal Commission).