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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?

We will not have any public events for now.

We will not hold:

  • public hearings
  • community meetings
  • private sessions

for now.

We are doing this to keep people safe, especially people with disability.

  • We will not hold a public hearing in Brisbane in March.
  • We will not hold a public hearing in Brisbane in April.
  • We will not hold a public hearing in the Northern Territory in May.

We may hold these hearings later.

You can still tell us about your experience

  • by phone
  • in writing
  • by making a video

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