THE ROYAL COMMISSION INTO THE DISABILITY SECTOR

As you’ve probably heard through the media, there is a Royal Commission into the disability sector underway. 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.

Read through detailed information about the Royal Commission into Disability Public Hearings or find more information about the Issues Papers that have been released and their due dates for submissions.

The Disability Royal Commission is also providing free counselling and support to anyone who may be experiencing difficulties sharing their experiences. Visit the Royal Commission Counselling and Support resources to find out more information.

Latest News

November 18, 2020

Disability Royal Commission calls for input on best practice safeguards and quality services for people with disability

The Disability Royal Commission wants to hear about how people with disability experience safeguards, what promotes quality in services, and how these may prevent and reduce their exposure to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

It wants to hear from people with disability, representative organisations, advocates and the public about gaps in the area of safeguards and quality services.

This includes the provision of services like education, health, justice, transport, accommodation and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The call for information comes as the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability releases its ‘Safeguards and Quality Issues Paper’ on November 18.

Read the full media release on the Royal Commission Website.

November 11, 2020

Disability Royal Commission to engage with First Nations people with disability and their families in contact with child protection systems

First Nations people with disability and their families who have interacted with child protection systems will tell their stories at the next public hearing of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

‘The experiences of First Nations people with disability and their families in contact with child protection systems’ will be the subject of the Royal Commission’s eighth public hearing, to be held at its Brisbane headquarters from November 23-27, 2020.

The hearing will be closed to the public but will be live-streamed on the Royal Commission website.

Royal Commission Chair, Ronald Sackville AO QC and Commissioner Alastair McEwin AM will hear evidence in the Sydney premises of the DRC, while Commissioner Andrea Mason OAM and Commissioner Roslyn Atkinson AO, will sit in Brisbane.

Read the full media release on the Royal Commission Website.

WHAT IS A ROYAL COMMISSION?

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.

WHAT IS THE ROYAL COMMISSION INTO THE DISABILITY SECTOR?

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?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO UNISSON?

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

The core purpose of this enquiry is to ensure people with disability are not subjected to violence, abuse, neglect, or exploitation. We support this enquiry wholeheartedly, knowing that it will bring about positive changes for people with disability in our country.

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