Sharing Your Experience video
Have you experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation? Is there something you want to say about it? The Disability Royal Commission wants to hear from you. This video explains how you can share your story with us - whether it's through a submission or a private session - in any way you feel comfortable.
Sharing your experience
Your story is important. The Disability Royal Commission hears from people with disability, families, support people and the broader community.
Your personal experience helps us understand the nature, extent and impact of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.
The Royal Commission will deliver a report to The Australian Government with our recommendations on how to make things safer for people with disability. This might mean improving laws, policies, and practices to ensure a fairer society for everyone.
We know that sharing your experience is a big step. We want to make it as easy as possible. Please tell us if you have any supports you need.
Anyone can make a submission to the Royal Commission and you can make it in any way you feel comfortable. You can share your experience with us:
- by email
- over the phone
- in a video or audio recording
- even by post.
Or in a private session with a Commissioner
You might want to tell us what happened, whether it happened to you or someone else, when it happened, if you told anyone and if so, how they responded. You might also want to tell us how things could’ve been done better to keep people safe.
We encourage people with disability, family, friends and the people who support them to share their experiences with us in their first language including Indigenous languages and Auslan.
A private session is where you share your experiences directly with a Commissioner in a confidential setting.
Private sessions can be in person, via video conferencing or on the telephone.
Anything you tell us in a private session will be kept confidential.
If you have shared your experience with the Royal Commission, we may ask you to be a witness at a public hearing. Here, you would present your information as evidence.
You don’t have to give evidence at a public hearing if you don’t want to.
Free legal advice is available for anybody wishing to share their story with the Disability Royal Commission. You can call Your Story Disability Legal Support on 1800 771 800 or visit yourstorydisabilitylegal.org.au. The service is independent of the Royal Commission.
The Royal Commission has a counselling team who provide support to anyone sharing their experience with us.
You can share with us by visiting our website. Go to disability.royalcommission.gov.au and click on ‘Share your story’ or call us on 1800 517 199.
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