Disability Royal Commission

The Disability Royal Commission (DRC) in Australia is a significant national inquiry established to investigate violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation experienced by people with disability.

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About the Disability Royal Commission

The Disability Royal Commission (DRC) in Australia is a significant national inquiry established to investigate violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation experienced by people with disability.

Launched in April 2019, the commission covered a wide array of settings, including homes, schools, workplaces, healthcare facilities, and within the justice system.

The primary objective of the DRC was to uncover the systemic failures that contribute to these issues, amplify the voices of individuals with disability, and recommend reforms to ensure their safety, dignity, and inclusion in society.

The DRC Final Report was delivered to the Australian Government in September 2023, consisting of 12 volumes, with 222 recommendations for change.

Latest updates

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July 2023 - Public Consultation Report

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has released their Public Consultation Report on the recommendations of the DRC.

Previous updates

March 2023 - release of Progress Report from DSS

The DSS has released a Progress Update on the Disability Royal Commission, outlining the Australian Government's review of the Final Report, planned consultations before responding to recommendations, and key actions already taken to address issues raised during the inquiry. You can read the full report on the DSS website (Download PDF, 4.6Mb).

What's next?

The Australian Government will formally respond to the Royal Commission’s Final Report by mid-2024.

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