At hearings the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability will hear from people identified by Counsel Assisting to appear as a witness and give evidence. People who are expected to appear as witnesses will be contacted by the Royal Commission in advance of the relevant hearing.

The Disability Royal Commission will publish details of hearings on this page to assist parties, witnesses and members of the public.

Note: Witnesses who have been issued a notice to appear at a Royal Commission hearing will have the cost of their travel and if required, accommodation covered. 

Upcoming hearings

Melbourne Hearing

Event information

Date: Monday 2 December to Friday 6 December
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Melbourne.

Start time: 10:30am, Monday
Start time: 10:00am, Tuesday
Start time: 10:00am, Wednesday
Start time: 10:00am, Thursday
Start time: 10:30am, Friday

The Melbourne hearing is being livestreamed on the Royal Commission website.

What do these letters mean? Your guide to acronyms used in the Melbourne hearing [DOCX 108KB]

Focus of the hearing: This hearing is looking at homes and living for people with disability in Victoria and is particularly interested in the experiences of people who have lived or are currently living in group homes.

Some things that the hearing will explore:  

  • the right of people with disability to choose their place of residence, including where and with whom they live  
  • how the group home model emerged and its impact on the housing options and  the experiences of people with disability in Victoria
  • the causes of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of residents of group homes in Victoria
  • the effectiveness of laws, policies and key government agencies to protect residents with disability from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of residents in relation to group homes
  • social inclusion options for living independently and alternatives to the group home model.

Your guide to attending the hearing

Leave to appear with respect to the Melbourne hearing

The Royal Commission may grant leave to appear to a person(s) or organisation(s) to participate in a public hearing.

To apply for leave to appear at the public hearing:

If you are unable or do not wish to apply in writing, or if you need assistance with your application to appear, please contact us on 1800 517 199 or +61 7 3734 1900 (between 9:00am-5:00pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time [AEDT], Monday-Friday (excluding national public holidays).

To use the National Relay Service to contact us, phone 133 677.

Any application for leave to appear will be determined in accordance with Practice Guideline 4 – Conduct of Hearings, published by the Royal Commission.

The Royal Commission will conduct hearings in capital cities and regional locations. The Commission will announce the timing and locations of future hearings as arrangements are finalised. Commission hearings will be open to the public, although seating will be limited. Hearings will also be streamed live on this site.​​​​


The Royal Commission is committed to being accessible to all. It will adopt the principles of trauma-informed engagement to assist in recognising and understanding the effects of all types of trauma and to avoid re-traumatisation.

There are a number of Australian Government-funded services available to assist those requiring support during the Royal Commission. These services are provided through agencies external to the Royal Commission.

Previous hearings