Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

For more information about the Disability Royal Commission:

Call: 1800 517 199


The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, or ‘Disability Royal Commission’ was established on 4 April 2019.

The Australian Government will fund advocacy support and counselling services for people engaging with or affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

If you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your or someone else’s safety, call 000 or contact Police.

Royal Commission

Submissions for the Disability Royal Commission are now open. You can find out about making a submission on the Disability Royal Commission website.

Advocacy support services

From October 2019, the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) will be extended to provide additional supports for people engaging with the Disability Royal Commission.

You can continue to use your current advocacy support services until they are set up to provide specific Disability Royal Commission supports.

Use the Disability Advocacy Finder to find your closest disability advocacy support provider.

National counselling and referral services

A free national telephone counselling and referral service for people who are affected by the Disability Royal Commission will be available from October 2019.

If you need counselling right now, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 at any time, 24 hours a day.

Terms of reference consultation

The Department of Social Services undertook a public consultation on the draft Terms of Reference for the Disability Royal Commission from 13 to 28 March 2019. This consultation has now closed.

Consultations were held with people with disability, their families and carers, disability peak bodies, advocates and with state and territory governments.

Feedback was collected through an online Public Survey. The Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) also developed and ran an Easy Version Survey for individuals and groups.

The Government received over 3,700 responses to the online survey on the draft Terms of Reference. Thirty per cent of respondents were people with disability.

You can find out more details about the consultation process, including access to different versions of the final Consultation Report, on DSS Engage.

Last updated: