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.
Commissioner Galbally's Observations
Opening Remarks from the Melbourne Workshop
First Disability Advocates Workshop held in Melbourne