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Sharing your story with the Disability Royal Commission

Sharing your story with the Disability Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has thanked the many Australians who have already shared their stories and experiences.

As at 30 June, the Royal Commission has received 1141 submissions

  • 47 per cent have been from people with disability
  • 41 per cent have been from family members
  • 16 per cent have been from advocates or paid support workers

Hearing directly from people with disability, their families, advocates, and the wider disability community is critical to the work of the Royal Commission.

Every submission helps build a better understanding of the extent and impact of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability in Australia.

These contributions will help bring about the transformational change needed to achieve a more inclusive society.

The Royal Commission has today launched an animation to help raise awareness about the many different ways people can share their story – by phone, email, via the website or by making a video or audio recording.

People can make a submission and share their story in any language. We can provide interpreters and translators.

In the submissions received so far, people have shared their experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation across a range of settings including the health and medical system, in schools, in group homes and other accommodation.

In recent months, many people have shared their experiences about the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission ask that we look at the particular experiences of First Nations people with disability and people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Of the submissions we’ve received so far;

  • 8 per cent have been about people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • 5 per cent about First Nations people with disability
  • 4 per cent about LGBTIQ people with disability
  • 46 per cent from women with disability
  • 29 per cent children and young people with disability

As well as making a submissions, people can apply for a private session, in a confidential setting with a Commissioner. The Royal Commission has had almost 400 requests for private sessions.

Sharing your story with the Disability Royal Commission (Auslan)


Making a video or audio submission

Sharing your story with us

Are you a person with disability who has experienced violence, where someone has hurt you physically?

Abuse, where someone has treated you badly?

Neglect, where someone has not helped you the way they are supposed to help you?

Or exploitation, where someone is taking advantage of you?

If the answer is yes, and you wish to share your story with us, there are many ways to do so.

You can do it online, in writing, by email or over the phone.

You can make an audio recording.

Or you can make a video recording.  You might want to do this if you are deaf and use Auslan.

You can tell us your story in any format, even in a different language.

Making a submission

You can share your story by making a submission. You can find the submission form on our website. Go to and search for 'make your submission'.

If you would prefer to make a video or audio recording, you can attach this to the submission form by following the instructions.

Don't be afraid to tell us anything you want about your experience of violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation. It doesn't matter if you don't remember every detail.

You might want to tell us what happened, whether it happened to you or someone else, when it happened.

If you told anyone, and if so, how they responded.

You might also want to tell us how things could be done better to keep people safe.

Making a video

If you wish to make a video, you can film yourself using a camera or phone. You might want someone to help you.

When you finish filming, upload the file to a computer.

Then attach the file to the submission form, by clicking on the 'attach files' button.

You can upload a maximum of 10 files of up to 4GB in total.

You can make and upload an audio recording the same way.

What happens next?

When we receive your submission, we will get in touch with you.

The information in your story will help us in our work.

Your information will help us understand how violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation affects people with disability and help us make recommendations to stop it from happening again.

More information

If you need help further with your submission, call us on 1800 517 199 or email us at

For more information, go to our website and click on 'Share your story'.