THE ROYAL COMMISSION INTO THE DISABILITY SECTOR
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.
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.
August 28, 2019
The royal commission into violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disability (DRC) will hold its first public sitting in Brisbane on Monday, 16 September 2019.
All Commissioners of the DRC will be in attendance and will outline the work of the DRC, including its scope, key themes likely to direct the DRC's initial inquiries, the next steps for the DRC in progressing its work, and how it will ensure people with disability can engage with the DRC. People with disability are invited to attend, as well as families and carers of people with disability, peak bodies and advocates, disability service providers, relevant government agencies and all people in the community.
Date: Monday, 16 September 2019
Location: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Places are limited, so people who wish to attend the first public sitting should register their interest on the Royal Commission's website or phone, 1800 517 199.
August 20, 2019
The royal commission into violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disability will be holding its first Community Forum in Townsville on Monday, 9 September 2019.
Date: Monday, 9 September 2019
Location: The Ville Resort-Casino, Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville QLD 4810
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Media Contact: Jamie Collins 0422 521 521
If you would like to attend the forum you can find out more and pre-register on our engagement page. Additional forum dates and locations will be added to the website over time.
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.
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.
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