Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability
When the Disability Royal Commission was announced, Yooralla welcomed the inquiry and committed to making a submission. In preparation for the submission, Yooralla reviewed all the customer incidents for the previous 10 years. All the staff investigations relating to customer incidents were also reviewed, as were 400 customer files from the years 1990 to 2014.
Yooralla’s submission to the Disability Royal Commission accepted and apologised for past incidents but also focussed on the program of reform and change that had since occurred.
Read about Yooralla's journey of change.
A large amount of supplementary information was then provided to the Royal Commission, prior to Yooralla being called as a witness to the hearing on 5 December 2019. Much of the focus at this hearing was on the events of the past; however, Yooralla made a further submission in February 2020 and the final report of the hearing acknowledged some of the positive changes at Yooralla.
The interim report of the Disability Royal Commission was released on 30 October 2020. It refers to Yooralla in the context of the origins of the Royal Commission, but the report does not otherwise discuss Yooralla’s evidence and submissions. The interim report does not make findings in relation to any individual cases or events.
In relation to group homes, which was the subject of the hearing that Yooralla participated in, the Royal Commission has outlined its areas of focus over the next two years, namely:
- autonomy for people with disability
- safety in group homes
- safety strategies
- reporting of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
- alternatives to living in a group home, and
- redress for survivors of violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation.
The interim report from the Royal Commission is available in:
- full report
- Easy Read
- Auslan video summary.
The below Royal Commission issues papers are also available:
- The experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability
- Promoting inclusion
- Violence and abuse of people with disability at home
- Safeguards and quality
- First Nations People with disability
- Restrictive practices
- Rights and attitudes
- Emergency planning and response
- Criminal justice system
- Health care for people with cognitive disability
- Group homes, and
- Education and learning.
Royal Commission extended to September 2023
The Royal Commission has been extended to 29 September 2023. This provides an additional 17 months to account for the impact of COVID-19 and acknowledges the broad issues of inquiry under the Royal Commission’s terms of reference.
Read the official media release for more information.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, the Royal Commission issued a Statement of Concern, calling on all Australian governments to ensure that responses to COVID-19 include dedicated strategies and take all necessary measures to protect and support people with disability.
The Statement of Concern is also available in: