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Our issues paper on Promoting Inclusion is asking the public to share their views about what an inclusive society looks like, the barriers to inclusion, how we can become a more inclusive society, and how inclusion might prevent violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The issues paper asks 9 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.  The paper is available in Easy Read, PDF and DOCX.

How to respond

We encourage responses from individuals and organisations by 2 April 2021. After this date, any comments about this issues paper can be made via the submissions process.

Responses to the issues paper can be provided, either:

  • electronically to
  • 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 (Monday to Friday, excluding national public holidays)
  • by audio recording
  • by video recording.

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

We may make your response public unless you tell us not to.

Issues paper (Auslan) - Promoting inclusion


Promoting inclusion Issues paper


We have released an issues paper on promoting an inclusive society. The full paper is on our website. This video is a summary of the paper. 

People with disability experience barriers, exclusion and segregation in all aspects of life – culturally, economically, politically and socially. 

We want to hear from people with disability, their families, supporters and the wider community:

  • What does inclusion mean for you?
  • What makes an inclusive society?
  • How can we as a society be more inclusive?
  • What are the barriers to an inclusive society?

Barriers to inclusion

People with a disability face barriers to inclusion. This means they can’t take part in society equally to others.

Barriers may impact upon their independence and their right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Barriers may affect a person with disability throughout their life. They may be worse for people with disability who also experience other forms of disadvantage, such as First Nations people and women.

Barriers to inclusion may come from:

  • negative attitudes – for example, an employer with low expectations of people with disability may not employ someone with disability or make adjustments for them at work.
  • discrimination
  • not recognising or respecting autonomy or independence – for example, a person with disability may not be supported to choose where they live or who they live with.
  • inaccessible environments, public spaces, transport, information and communication – for example, information from a doctor not provided in Auslan
  • Lack of supports in general settings – for example, not allowing a person with disability to have a support person in a criminal trial may make it hard for them to give evidence.

How to respond

At the end of our issues paper, there is a list of questions about these topics. We invite you to respond. You do not have to answer every question. You can respond in any way you like. This might be in writing or by a video recording.

The issues paper and more details are on our website in the Policy and Research section.

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