Publications

Criminal justice system issues paper
Disability Royal Commission First Progress Report
Health care for people with cognitive disability issues paper
Group homes issues paper
Education issues paper

Criminal justice system issues paper

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Royal Commission) has released an issues paper on the criminal justice system. The paper is available in Easy Read, PDF and DOCX.

The Criminal justice system issues paper states that people with disability, including young people and First Nations people, are over-represented across the criminal justice systems in Australia and are at heightened risk of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The issues paper is also calling for responses about prisons and forensic mental health facilities where forced treatment, seclusion (solitary confinement) and other restrictive practices, such as physical, chemical and mechanical restraints may be used.

The paper includes 9 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses. The Royal Commission encourages responses from individuals and organisations to the issues paper by 20 March 2020, although submissions will also be accepted after that date.

Responses to the issues paper can be provided, either:

  • electronically to DRCEnquiries@royalcommission.gov.au
  • in writing to GPO Box 1422, Brisbane, Queensland 4001
  • by phone on 1800 517 199 or +61 7 3734 1900, we can make a time with you to take your response over the phone (between 9:00am to 6:00pm AEDT Monday to Friday)
  • by audio recording
  • by video recording.

Responses can be in any language. The Royal Commission will translate the response to English.

Disability Royal Commission First Progress Report

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Royal Commission) has released its first Progress Report. The paper is available in Easy Read, PDF and DOCX.

Health care for people with cognitive disability issues paper

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Royal Commission) has released an issues paper on Health care for people with cognitive disability. The paper is available in Easy Read, PDF and DOCX.

The Royal Commission wants to understand the experiences of people with cognitive disability in accessing or receiving health care.

Health is a key issue for the Royal Commission because people with disability may experience violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in health settings. The denial of the right to health care may also be a form of neglect.

There are a range of issues and barriers that people with cognitive disability may experience with the health system. Research suggests that people with cognitive disability are more likely to suffer an avoidable death that could have been prevented through appropriate health care. Research also suggests that non-Indigenous Australians with disability receive services that First Nations people with disability do not.

We also know that health is critical to support the independence and inclusion of people with disability. However, there has been little progress over the last 25 years to address the barriers faced by people with cognitive disability when accessing health care.

​​The Royal Commission issues paper on Health care for people with cognitive disability outlines our preliminary understanding of the key issues experienced by people with cognitive disability when accessing health care. The paper includes 10 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.

The Royal Commission encourages responses from individuals and organisations to the issues paper by 20 March 2020, although submissions will also be accepted after that date.

Responses to the issues paper should be provided, either:

  • electronically to DRCEnquiries@royalcommission.gov.au
  • in writing to GPO Box 1422, Brisbane, Queensland 4001
  • by phone on 1800 517 199 or +61 7 3734 1900 (between 9:00am to 6:00pm AEDT Monday to Friday). We can make a time with you to take your response over the phone.
  • by audio recording
  • by video recording.

Responses can be in any language. The Royal Commission will translate the response to English.

Please let us know if you consent to your responses being made public on our website.

Group homes issues paper

​​The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has released an issues paper on group homes. The paper is available in Easy Read, PDF and DOCX.

The Royal Commission is interested in the experiences of people with disability who have lived, or who are living in group homes. Living arrangements are a key issue for the Royal Commission to explore because we know that people with disability may experience violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in their homes. This paper will focus specifically on group homes. Other forms of accommodation will be addressed in future papers.

Following the closure of large institutions in Australia, group homes became a common form of accommodation for people with disability. It was expected that the group home model would provide people with disability with more independence and meaningful life choices. However, concerns have been raised that group homes do not deliver these benefits. Some advocates claim that people with disability living in group homes experience exclusion and isolation, have less choice and control over their lives, and face an increased the risk of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The Royal Commission issues paper on group homes outlines our preliminary understanding of the key issues experienced by people with disability living in group homes. The paper includes 10 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.

The Royal Commission encourages responses from individuals and organisations to the issues paper by 28 February 2020, although submissions will also be accepted after that date.

Responses to the issues paper should be provided, either:

  • electronically to DRCEnquiries@royalcommission.gov.au
  • in writing to GPO Box 1422, Brisbane, Queensland 4001
  • by phone on 1800 517 199 or +61 7 3734 1900 (between 9:00am to 6:00pm AEDT Monday to Friday). We can make a time with you to take your response over the phone.
  • by audio recording
  • by video recording.

Responses can be in any language. The Royal Commission will translate the response to English.

Please let us know if you consent to your responses being made public on our website.

Education issues paper

​​The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has released an issues paper on education and learning. The paper is available in Easy Read, PDF and DOCX.

The issues paper has been adapted from a paper developed for a workshop on education and learning held in Melbourne on 3 October, 2019 with representatives from community and disability organisations and education academics.

The Royal Commission has identified that abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability in the education sector is an important topic to address.

Research suggests that children with disability experience higher rates of suspension and expulsion from schools and that children with disability may be excluded from school activities, such as excursions, assemblies, sports carnivals etc.

Over the last decade, the segregation of children with disability into special education units/classes or 'special' schools has increased. Students with autism have been disproportionately affected by this increase. First Nations students with disability are also disproportionately over-represented in special schools.

The Royal Commission issues paper on education outlines the Commission's preliminary understanding of the key issues and barriers experienced by students with disability and asks 13 questions.

The Royal Commission is encouraging responses from individuals and organisations to the issues paper, if possible, by 20 December 2019 although submissions will be accepted after that date.

Responses to the issues paper should be provided, either:

  • electronically to DRCEnquiries@royalcommission.gov.au
  • in writing to GPO Box 1422, Brisbane, Queensland 4001
  • by phone on 1800 517 199 or +61 7 3734 1900 (between 9:00am to 6:00pm AEDT Monday to Friday). We can make a time with you to take your response over the phone.
  • by audio recording
  • by video recording.

Responses can be in any language. The Royal Commission will translate the response to English.

Please let us know if you consent to your responses being made public on our website.​​​