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.

 

LATEST NEWS

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 access to and treatment of people with disability with cognitive disability, including people with intellectual disability, autism, acquired brain injury, in the health system. In particular, the hearing will explore:

- 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, including barriers to communication and health professionals' attitudes, values and assumptions.

- 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.

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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.

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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

Time: 10:00am

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.

 

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.

We will continue to update this page regularly with information from the royal commission. You can also sign up to the royal commission's media mailing list to receive direct updates.

We will be sending regular updates to our clients and their families. To ensure you are signed up to our newsletter please subscribe at the bottom of the page in the footer menu.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact our CEO, David Kneeshaw, directly by completing the below form.

 

USEFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES?

- Learn more about the royal commission

Sign up to the royal commission's media mailing list

Read through the royal commission terms of reference 

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