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Make your submission

Anybody can make a submission. A submission can be submitted in any way you feel comfortable – by telephone, email, video or through our website.

Tell us about your experiences in your own words – it doesn’t matter if you don’t remember everything. If you have a support person, advocate or trusted person, they can also help you to prepare your submission.

You can tell us about your experiences in your own language. We will provide interpreters and translators.

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If you need information in your own language about making a submission, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450. Ask to be connected to 07 3734 1900.

If you are Deaf or hard of hearing or if you are a First Nations person (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) and you would like to make a submission in your language contact the Disability Royal Commission on 1800 517 199 or by emailing

If you are having trouble getting started, here are some questions that may be a useful starting point. These questions are only a guide, and you don’t have to answer all of them. You only have to provide the information you are comfortable sharing.

You can share your experience using the form below. The form is only a guide and it is your choice if you use it.

If you have previously provided a written statement to another government agency, a complaints body, or to the police, you may like to provide us with a copy.


How do I

How do I make a submission over the phone?

If you prefer to make your submission over the phone, you can contact us to make an appointment to do so. Call us on 1800 517 199 and we will set up a time to take your submission over the phone. You might like to think about some of these questions or talk things over with a counsellor first.

How do I make an audio or video submission?

Anyone can share their experiences through sending us an audio or video submission. Please upload your file(s) by clicking the "Attach Files" button within the submission form. A maximum of 10 files of up to 4GB in total can be uploaded.

If you would like assistance to upload your files, please contact the Royal Commission by calling 1800 517 199 or emailing

How to make a submission to the Disability Royal Commission (with Auslan)

How to make a submission to the Disability Royal Commission (with Auslan)


Sharing your story with us

Are you a person with disability who has experienced violence, where someone has hurt you physically?

Abuse, where someone has treated you badly?

Neglect, where someone has not helped you the way they are supposed to help you?

Or exploitation, where someone is taking advantage of you?

If the answer is yes, and you wish to share your story with us, there are many ways to do so.

You can do it online, in writing, by email or over the phone.

You can make an audio recording.

Or you can make a video recording. You might want to do this if you are deaf and use Auslan.

You can tell us your story in any format, even in a different language.

Making a submission

You can share your story by making a submission. You can find the submission form on our website. Go to and search for ‘make your submission’.

If you would prefer to make a video or audio recording, you can attach this to the submission form by following the instructions.

Don’t be afraid to tell us anything you want about your experience of violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation. It doesn’t matter if you don’t remember every detail.

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 be done better to keep people safe.

Making a video

If you wish to make a video, you can film yourself using a camera or phone. You might want someone to help you.

When you finish filming, upload the file to a computer.

Then attach the file to the submission form, by clicking on the ‘attach files’ button.

You can upload a maximum of 10 files of up to 4GB in total.

You can make and upload an audio recording the same way.

What happens next?

When we receive your submission, we will get in touch with you.

The information in your story will help us in our work.

Your information will help us understand how violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation affects people with disability and help us make recommendations to stop it from happening again.

More information

If you need help further with your submission, call us on 1800 517 199 or email us at

For more information, go to our website and click on ‘Share your story’.

What happens after I make my submission?

What happens after I make my submission?

Once the Royal Commission has received your written, audio or video account, we will contact you to confirm we have received it. You will be sent a letter of acknowledgement.

If you share your story with the Royal Commission it may be made public. We will not make your information public without your consent.

All videos submitted to the Royal Commission will be transcribed and assessed and analysed in the same way as written submissions. Transcriptions are for internal use only.

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. We can provide interpreters and translators.

If you share your experience of violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation, or the experiences of someone you know or support, or an account of a systemic form of violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation with the Royal Commission in writing, online or in audio-visual format, the Royal Commission may use your information in our public documents, for example in our interim or final reports. However, we will not publish your information unless you want us to. If we do use your information, we can do so without naming or identifying you.

If you do not want your information or your identity to be shared with anyone outside of the Royal Commission, we can protect your identity and the information you share with us after the Royal Commission ends, for a period of 99 years.

If you are worried about information you provide to the Royal Commission being disclosed and the potential consequences of any such disclosure, the amendments to the law about Royal Commissions made in August 2021 mean that you can share your experience of violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation with the Royal Commission and information you provide in confidence to the Royal Commission will be protected from disclosure for a period of 99 years. This means that your information cannot be published or disclosed to anyone outside the Royal Commission, including after the Royal Commission ends, except in limited circumstances.

You can get free legal advice to help you understand your options in sharing your experience with the Royal Commission. Please call call Your Story Disability Legal Support on 1800 771 800 (Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays).

We understand that people may be concerned about retribution, for example if they make a public submission that is critical of an employer or accommodation provider. We take this concern very seriously and encourage people to get legal advice about the protections the Royal  Commission is able to offer.