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Disability Royal Commission and COVID-19

The Royal Commission is deeply concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with disability. Read our media release and Statement of Concern.  

See the response to our Statement of Concern by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities and the Disability Royal Commission’s reply to that letter.

Ministers Ruston, Robert and Hunt have written to the Royal Commission and provided an outline of the steps they are taking in response to the pandemic and people with disability. The Royal Commission’s reply to the ministers is also available.

The Royal Commission has suspended upcoming public hearings and community forums due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.  Read our media release

About the Coronavirus

Coronavirus is an illness that has affected many people around the world.

Coronavirus is spreading quickly.

What are we doing about Coronavirus?

Our hearings planned for the rest of the year will be conducted in a COVID safe way, including utilising video conferencing.

Due to COVID restrictions, it is anticipated that most witnesses will appear by video. A small number of witnesses may attend in person to give their evidence, subject to relevant government advice.

Public hearings will be livestreamed on the Royal Commission website.

Visit our schedule to view our upcoming public hearings.

We will not hold:

  • community meetings
  • in-private sessions

for now.

You can still tell us about your experience

  • by phone
  • in writing
  • by making a video or audio recording

Advice about Coronavirus

Find updates and further advice from official sources. Some of these are:

Government agencies

People with disability

First Nations people

Response to COVID-19 in community languages

Response to COVID-19 in Auslan