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The Disability Royal Commission

In Australia, a Royal Commission is the highest form of inquiry on matters of public importance.

The Disability Royal Commission was established in April 2019 in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability. These incidents might have happened recently or a long time ago.

To gather information, community forums will be held across Australia for people to share their feedback and ideas. There will also be public and private hearings for the Disability Royal Commission to hear from people who have been asked by the Commissioners to give evidence. To find out when these are happening near you, click here.

This Royal Commission will enable people with disability to share their personal stories and inform the development of a more responsive, empowering and inclusive community for all Australians.

The Disability Royal Commission will investigate:

  • preventing and better protecting people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • achieving best practice in reporting, investigating and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability
  • promoting a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be independent and live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The Disability Royal Commission gathers information through research, public hearings and the personal experiences people tell us about in submissions, private sessions and other forums.

A final report will be handed to the Australian Government by 29 April 2022, recommending how to improve laws, policies, structures and practices to ensure a more inclusive and just society.

For more information on the Disability Royal Commission, please go to

For 70 years, Orana has supported people with disability to live accessible and empowered lives and welcomes the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.