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This issues paper looks at the awareness and recognition of the rights of people with disability. We want to learn more about the level of awareness that people with disability, and the wider community, have about the rights of people with disability.

We are also interested in attitudes towards people with disability. We want to know more about how those attitudes develop and what can be done to change them.

The paper is available in Easy Read, PDF and DOCX.

How to respond

Further responses to the Rights and attitudes Issues paper will be accepted until 31 October, 2020. 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) - Rights and attitudes

Rights and attitudes issues paper

We are the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

We have released an issues paper. We invite you to respond. Your feedback will help us in our work.

In this issues paper, we are looking at advocacy.

We are also looking at attitudes towards people with disability.

We are interested in understanding awareness and recognition of the rights of people with disability.


The United Nations has a convention that outlines rights of people with disability across all aspects of life.

This includes home, family, education, work, healthcare and justice.

It is the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD).

It says that people with disability have the right to live free from exploitation, violence and abuse.

These rights are not automatically part of Australian law.

We want to understand how aware people are of the rights in the CRPD.

We also want to know how organisations and governments promote and protect these rights in laws, policies and practices.


Disability advocacy is acting, speaking or writing to promote, protect and defend the human rights of people with disability.

People can advocate for themselves or for someone else.

We want to know how well advocacy is working for people with disability.

In particular, how well it prevents or helps respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

We are also interested in understanding how people with disability are supported to understand their rights, and how to protect them.


Attitudes are thoughts, beliefs and feelings that can influence our behaviour.

Attitudes can be a barrier to inclusion.

They may also contribute to increased risk of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

We want to understand how the attitudes of people, organisations and governments impact people with disability.

Your response

At the end of our issues paper, there is a list of questions about these topics.

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.

To read the full Issues Paper, and for more details on how to respond, go to the Policy & research section on our website.