Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability

The Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability (also known as the Disability Royal Commission) provides a critically important opportunity to listen to and investigate the experiences of people with disability around Australia. This important process has the potential for great change as the Commission’s recommendations can act as a potent mechanism for change moving forward.

The Disability Royal Commission was established in April 2019 and Family Advocacy has been funded specifically to support people with disability and families with their engagement with the Royal Commission across NSW and can answer any questions you may have regarding the process.

For over three years the Commission invited people to share their experiences, stories and recommendations. Submissions closed 31 Dec 2022.

The final report of the Royal Commission will by delivered to the Australian Government by 29 September 2023. In this report, the Royal Commission will recommend how to improve laws, policies, structures and practices to ensure a more inclusive and just society.

This year the Royal Commission will be finalising the putting together of what they have received and heard. There is at least one Public Hearing and the full schedule of activity can be found on their website or by signing up to their newsletter.

If you would like more information or would like updates on the ongoing work of the Commission then please contact our Advocacy Engagement Officer Troy Hester.


We have a number of resources about the Disability Royal Commission. If you have further questions or suggestions, don't hesitate to contact us.

What is a Royal Commission?

Family Advocacy Submissions to the Disability Royal Commission - visit our submissions page to download the submissions we made to the Commission.

Employment and the Disability Royal Commission - This is a list of barriers that the Commission identified people with disability may experience getting into and staying in employment.

Talking Disability Royal Commission Podcast

Family Advocacy put together Our Talking Disability Royal Commission podcast series to talk not only about why it’s worth engaging with the Commission but also how to do it. Episodes are only 10-15 minutes long to keep information short, concise and easy to understand. You can no longer give your input to the Commission but you can still listen if you would like to learn more.

Useful links and recordings

Disability Royal Commission website - This is the official website for the Royal Commission. Any Public Hearings are livestreamed on this page with closed captions.

Disability Royal Commission Reports - The Commission has published a number of reports, reports on their progress and a number of research reports. These are available through the reports page on their website.

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