Public hearing 14: Preventing and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in disability services (South Australia)
The Royal Commission held Public hearing 14 in Adelaide from 7 to 11 June 2021. An additional day was held on 30 September 2021.
This hearing was the second of several Royal Commission hearings examining how disability service providers prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. In the course of this examination, the Royal Commission will also inquire into what changes have been made by the South Australian and Commonwealth governments over the past year to safeguard vulnerable people with disability from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Public hearing 14 focused on the recent experiences of people with disability in receipt of disability accommodation services operated by the South Australian Department of Human Services (Department). It was anticipated that evidence would be presented relating to two case studies highlighting broader systemic issues to be examined in subsequent public hearings. It was also anticipated that evidence would be presented on the response of the Department, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) to recommendations made by the South Australian Safeguarding Task Force in its report dated 31 July 2020, and the Honourable Alan Robertson SC in his report titled ‘Independent review of the adequacy of the regulation of supports and services provided to Ann-Marie Smith, an NDIS participant, who died on 6 April 2020’.
This hearing examined:
the experiences of two people with disability in receipt of disability accommodation services provided by the Department over approximately five years, including:
how the Department responded when incidents occurred or complaints were made
how the Department communicated with and provided information to their families
the process of transitioning to different accommodation
the Department’s policies, systems and operations
the responses of the South Australian and Commonwealth governments to the implementation of recommendations made in the past reports and inquiries identified above
any related matters.
- Royal Commission publishes hearing report on cases of Ann-Marie Smith, Daniel Rogers and ‘Mitchell’ – 15 June 2022
- South Australian Government responds to several proposed adverse findings – 29 September 2021
- What has been learnt since Ann-Marie Smith’s death to help protect other people with disability – 31 May 2021