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.
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
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.
August 19, 2019
The disability royal commission has published a Draft Accessibility Strategy that explains the principles that will guide the royal commission in its engagement with people with disability. It commits the royal commission to putting people with disability first in everything they do and explains how this objective will be achieved. You can read more about the strategy on the Draft Accessibility Strategy page.
August 9, 2019
The royal commission recently held its first workshop with First Nations People in Sydney. The workshop facilitated by Commissioner Andrea Mason, is the sixth in the workshop series. Read more about the First Nations workshop.
The commission is also progressively developing a range of Easy Read materials in HTML format, in addition to their downloadable Word documents and PDFs. The first of the new Easy Read materials are now available, covering the legal workshops held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
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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