Disability Royal Commission

A Royal Commission is an investigation, independent of government, into a matter of great importance.  Royal Commissions have broad powers to hold public hearings, call witnesses under oath and compel evidence; and they make recommendations to government about what should change.

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was established in April 2019.  The inquiry will investigate all forms of violence against, abuse, neglect and exploitation of, people with disability, in all settings and contexts.  People with disability, like everyone else in our community, have the right to live free of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. 

All Australians should have confidence in the quality and safety of supports provided to people with disability.

The Disability Royal Commission gathers information through research, public hearings, personal experiences from people, submissions, private sessions, and other forums.  There are many ways you can get involved in the Royal Commission and to share your experiences. 

Phone:  1800 421 468



Address:  GPO Box 1422, Brisbane, Qld 4001


Hearings scheduled for rest of 2020

The Disability Royal Commission has released a schedule of hearings for the rest of 2020, beginning with a hearing from 18 to 21 August focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on people with disability. Further details are in NDS's news update.

August 18-21: Experience of people with disability during COVID-19.

September: Psychotropic medication, behaviour support and behaviours of concern.

October: Barriers to students with disability accessing high-quality school education.

November (week beginning 16th): Long-term detention and interactions with the criminal justice system experienced by people with disability.

November (week beginning 23rd): First Nations people with disability and child protection.

To date, the Commission has received 1,213 submissions and 254 responses to issues papers.