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First Public Sitting to be held in Brisbane

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (DRC) will hold its first public sitting in Brisbane on Monday 16 September 2019.

All Commissioners of the DRC will be in attendance: the Chair of the Commission, the Hon Ronald Sackville AO QC, Ms Barbara Bennett PSM, Prof Rhonda Galbally AC, Ms Andrea Mason OAM, Mr Alastair McEwin AM and the Hon John Ryan AM.

At the sitting Commissioners will outline the work of the DRC, including its scope, key themes likely to direct the DRC’s initial inquiries, the next steps for the DRC in progressing its work, and how it will ensure people with disability can engage with the DRC.

At this first public sitting there will be no appearances, evidence or testimony given. Over the life of the DRC there will be many opportunities for people to provide evidence and information and to share their experiences. 

The sitting will be accessible. In addition to Auslan interpreters, live captioning and Easy Read materials, other forms of access will be provided. The public sitting will also be webcast via the Royal Commission’s website.

We warmly welcome people with disability to attend. We also welcome the families and carers of people with disability, peak bodies and advocates, disability service providers and relevant government agencies to also attend. The hearing is also open to all people in the community.

Places are limited so people who wish to attend the first public sitting should register their interest on the Royal Commission’s website or phone, 1800 517 199. 

Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
When: Monday, 16 September
Time: 10:00 am