Submissions

The Disability Royal Commission wants to hear from all Australians about their experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

We want to make it as easy as possible for people with disability to participate in this Royal Commission and share their stories, so we are now accepting submissions where you can share your experiences with us.

What is a submission?

A submission is the main way people and organisations can provide information to the Royal Commission about their experiences of violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation of people with disability. Anybody can make a submission.

The Royal Commission cannot resolve individual cases. It cannot award compensation or force a person or organisation to take particular actions.

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Who can help me with my submission?

We are committed to making accessible and appropriate arrangements for people with disability, and their families, carers and others, to engage with the Royal Commission, provide evidence and share information about their experiences.

If you need assistance with the submission process, or there is information on this website that you cannot access, please:

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What support services are available?

The Australian Government is funding a legal advisory service and advocacy support for people who want assistance to make a submission. This support will be available shortly. If you would like to access this support, please subscribe to our Mailing list on our website. We will let you know as soon as support services are available.

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Can you help with individual disputes?

Before you make a submission, please note that the Commission cannot resolve individual disputes. It cannot fix or award compensation or make orders requiring a party to a dispute to take or not take any action.

If you want to raise concerns about the quality of care or services being delivered to people with disability, you may wish to contact the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission however, if you reside in Western Australia you should contact the WA Department of Communities, Disability Services.

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Making a submission

Submission form

You can make a submission using the submission form below. If you find it difficult to use the form, you can also make a submission by phoning us or sending us an email.   

The form indicates the information we require about people and organisations making submissions, and includes questions about areas the Royal Commission is focusing on. An Easy Read version of the form is also available below.

Note: The Royal Commission is in the process of developing more streamlined and accessible versions of the Submission form. All subscribers will be notified when new versions of the form become available. If you need assistance with the current form, please phone 1800 517 199.

Phone

If you find it difficult to use the form, you can provide your submission by phone on 1800 517 199 (9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday AEDT).

Email

You can also email a submission to us at DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au

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What should I include in my submission?

Whether you use the submission form or phone us, we will ask you some questions about yourself so we can understand the context of your submission, and contact you if we need to ask you any follow-up questions.

The Royal Commission particularly wants to hear about:

  • Incidents of violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation of people with disability
  • Complaints processes and outcomes
  • Lack of access to support or services
  • Quality of disability support services
  • Examples of best practice and innovation

Some of these may not be relevant for you. If you are using the form, please just answer the questions you are able to. If you are providing your submission another way, please provide as much relevant information as you have. The questions above are a guide.

For more detail about all the areas being considered by the Royal Commission, see the Terms of Reference.

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What happens to your submission?

Once the Royal Commission receives your submission, it will be recorded, reviewed and used to inform the Commission's work. It will only be used for this purpose.

Submissions made at this stage of the Commission's work will be treated as public documents and will form part of Commission records. People who wish to make confidential submissions will have that opportunity shortly.

The Royal Commission may use information you have provided in its reports and other publications, but we will never publish any of your personal information.

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When will submissions close?

There is no closing date for submissions at this time. We will give you plenty of advance notice prior to submissions closing.

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Are there other ways I can engage with the Commission?

Community forums

Community forums are an opportunity for people to hear about the work of the Commission and to tell us their ideas.

Forums will be held in a number of locations around the country. Dates and locations will be announced soon.

Hearings

At hearings the Royal Commission will hear from people it has asked give evidence. Hearings can be attended by the public and media. Details about public hearings will be published as they become available.

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Keep in touch

The Royal Commission will not be able to contact every person who makes a submission. However, you can stay up-to-date on our progress, including upcoming forums by subscribing to our Mailing list.

Additionally, the Commission will be introducing additional ways to stay up-to-date in the future, including Facebook and YouTube.

If you need extra support to find information you need about the Royal Commission or to participate, you can:

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