As you’ve probably heard through the media, there’s going to be a royal commission into the disability sector. This is good news. Here we have created some information for you to read so that you have a good understanding of why it’s important to the sector and what it means for Unisson.

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December 19, 2019

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability will begin its next hearing at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush on Tuesday 18 February. The hearing will be live streamed on the Royal Commission website and will include live captioning and Auslan-English interpreters. 

The hearing will investigate:

- The extent to which people with intellectual disability disproportionately experience significant health problems.

- Barriers faced by people with cognitive disability when accessing and receiving health care and services.

- Training and education of health professionals with respect to patients with cognitive disability.

- Delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis of people with cognitive disability.

- Diminished life expectancy of people with cognitive disability.

- Specific issues for First Nations people with cognitive disability with respect to health care and services.

Read more information on the Royal Commission Website.

September 16, 2019

The following Australian Government-funded services are available to assist those requiring support during the royal commission. These services are provided through agencies external to the royal commission.

- Free legal advisory - To register your interest call 1800 771 800 between 8:30am - 5:00pm AEST. In the meantime the National Legal Aid website is available.

- Emotional support services - Additional counselling services are currently being contracted. In the interim find support via Beyond Blue Support Services or Lifeline Crisis Support.

- Legal financial assistance scheme - Find out about scheme eligibility, how to apply and assessment timeframes via the Attorney-General's Department.

- Advocacy services - Discover program information at National Disability Advocacy Program or locate a service near you with the Disability Advocacy Finder.

Read more information on the royal commission website.


A royal commission is a major and formal public enquiry into a specific issue of public interest and of great importance. Royal commissions operate from “terms of reference” which define the purpose and structure of the royal commission.

The most recent royal commissions have included:

- 2018-present: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

- 2017-2019: Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry

- 2016-2017: Royal Commission into the Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems of the Government of the Northern Territory

- 2013-2017: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

View the list of all royal commissions in Australia.


The royal commission into the disability sector is officially called the "Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability". Details of the royal commission will be updated as the royal commission progresses. 

The core purpose of this enquiry is to ensure people with disability are not subjected to violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation. The terms of the royal commission are intentionally broad, including all types of disability, all settings and not including any time restrictions. Following their investigation, the royal commission is instructed to make recommendations for future improvements.

We believe that this royal commission will be an important way to drive positive change for people with disability, so we'll be supporting it with everything we've got.

Read through the below easy read documents to understand exactly what the royal commission into the disability sector is.

- The Australian Governments Department of Social Services - Do you need support?

- Council for Intellectual Disability - What is the Disability Royal Commission?


A royal commission shines a light on a sector and specifically the policies, processes, and practices of organisations within the sector.

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