Legal Assistance and Advocacy Services launched
The following Australian Government-funded services are available to assist those requiring support during the Royal Commission. These services are provided through agencies external to the Royal Commission.
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Royal Commission explores disability in the justice system
Today the Disability Royal Commission held a workshop in Melbourne focusing on people with disability in the criminal justice system. The workshop explored policing practices, arrest, charge, prosecution and legal and court processes.
Commissioner of the Disability Royal Commission, Professor Rhonda Galbally AC, opened the workshop, which was attended by advocacy groups, academics, community legal centres, public advocates, legal aid and Aboriginal legal services. The barriers and challenges experienced by people with disability in the criminal justice system was one of the most significant issues raised in previous workshops and consultations.
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Royal Commission in Darwin for First Nations talks
Today, Disability Royal Commissioner Andrea Mason OAM facilitated the seventh workshop for the Royal Commission, and the second to be held with First Nations peoples, in Darwin.
Chair of the Disability Royal Commission, the Hon Ronald Sackville AO QC, opened the workshop, which was attended by First Nations leaders.
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Disability Royal Commission begins talks with First Nations groups
The Disability Royal Commission is conducting preliminary consultations with different areas of the disability community in a series of workshops around Australia.
On Tuesday 6 August 2019, Commissioner Andrea Mason facilitated the sixth workshop, and the first workshop to be held with First Nations peoples, in Sydney.
Opening the workshop, Chair of the Disability Royal Commission, the Hon Ronald Sackville AO QC, noted that First Nations People with disability experience physical violence and other forms of abuse at a much higher rate than non-Indigenous people with disability.
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Disability Royal Commission held a workshop with Disability Services Providers
Continuing its commitment to consulting extensively, the Disability Royal Commission held a workshop with Disability Services Providers in Melbourne on 18 July 2019.
The Workshop was conducted by Commissioner Galbally and attended by Commissioner Ryan and Commissioner McEwin.
The Chair of the Commission, the Hon Ronald Sackville AO QC, prepared a statement for the Workshop to explain his absence. The statement is as follows:
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Submissions and information line now open
The Royal Commission is now accepting submissions.
Our information line is also available if you need assistance to make a submission or have questions about the Commission and its work.
To make a submission visit our Submissions Page. There is no closing date on submissions at this time. We will provide plenty of notice prior to submissions closing in the future.
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Legal practitioners and advocates gather in Sydney, Brisbane and 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.
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First disability advocates workshop held in Melbourne
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.
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