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What is the Disability Royal Commission?

A Royal Commission is an official way of looking into a big problem.

It helps us to work out what went wrong and what we need to fix.

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In 2019, the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability started.

We call it the Disability Royal Commission.

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We need the Disability Royal Commission because know that people with disability experience:

  • violence – if someone is hurting
    you physically
  • abuse – if someone is treating
    you badly
  • neglect – if someone is not helping you the way they are supposed to help you
  • exploitation – if someone is taking advantage of you.
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The Disability Royal Commission will look at all of the groups that provide services to people with disability.

They include:

  • the government
  • institutions – any large organisation such as a service provider, a school, a workplace, a business or a charity
  • the community.
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The Disability Royal Commission will look at what has stopped people from:

  • reporting a problem
  • looking into a problem
  • taking action.

It will go until 2022.

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You can also download WWDA’s Easy English and Easy Read fact sheets about the Disability Royal Commission on our Easy English resource page.

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