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Legal practitioners and advocates gather in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne

Image of Commissioner McEwin and attendees at the legal workshop held in Melbourne 

The Disability Royal Commission recently held workshops in Sydney on 1 July, Brisbane on 3 July and Melbourne on 9 July with legal practitioners and advocates with experience in disability law and related areas.

Commissioner Alastair McEwin AM and Special Senior Counsel Assisting, Chris Ronalds AO SC, facilitated the three workshops bringing together over 40 professionals who shared their views on significant legal issues and barriers for people with disability.

The four key areas of focus addressed by the workshop were: homes and living, education and learning, economic participation and justice. Participants were also asked to share strategies and case studies that have been successfully employed to prevent and address violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

A copy of the Chair's introductory remarks and observations from the three workshops are now available.

Easy English and an Auslan version will be available on this page soon.

First disability advocates workshop held in Melbourne

Image of Commissioner Sackville and Commissioner Galbally at the Advocates workshop held in Melbourne on 18 June 2019Commissioner Sackville and Commissioner Galbally at the Advocates workshop held in Melbourne on 18 June 2019

On Tuesday 18 June 2019, Commissioners of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability welcomed disability advocates from across Australia to the Commission's first workshop in Melbourne. The participants at this workshop are among the many people with disabilities and family advocates who have fought long and hard for the Commission to be established.

The workshop, facilitated by Commissioner Galbally, was the first in consulting with those who have a deep knowledge of the rights of people with disabilities to live lives free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, as fully participating citizens.

As part of his opening remarks, the Chair of the Commission confirmed for all participants that:

  • This workshop is the first of many to be held throughout Australia.
  • Workshops and public forums will be held in regional centres and remote locations.
  • The Commission will soon be inviting submissions.   
  • Public hearings will be held in each State and Territory.

The Chair's opening remarks are available along with Commissioner Galbally's observations about the workshop.

Image of Commissioner Mason speaking to attendees at the Advocates workshop held in Melbourne on 18 June 2019. Commissioner Mason speaking to attendees at the Advocates workshop held in Melbourne on 18 June 2019.

​Easy English

An Auslan version of this material will be made available on this website shortly.