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Disability royal commission
open for submissions
The Disability Royal Commission continues to investigate what needs to be done to better prevent and protect people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation as well as to promote a more inclusive society that supports them.
15 November 2022
FOR anyone with a disability, their families, carers, and supporters are invited to make submissions until 31 December 2022, with all submissions helping shape the Commission’s findings.
Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, stresses the importance of this Commission and that the more submissions made, the better outcome will be.
“The Royal Commission is absolutely needed to address the systemic and individual levels of abuse, neglect, violence, and exploitation that people with disability face,” said Ms Tesch.
“Whether it be in employment, in care, or in education, it is no secret that people with disability face unfair barriers, and I hope that this Commission will go some way in ensuring that people have suitable and effective complaint mechanisms.”
One area of focus for the Commission has been people with disabilities’ experiences with employment, outlining several attitudinal, organisational, structural, physical, and environmental barriers that prevent people with disability gaining and staying in the workforce.
Reports published by the Commission have also investigated issues surrounding complaint mechanisms from an organisational to a national level.
“We need your voice to be heard to understand what works well and what needs fixing so that how we respond to these widespread issues is adapted and impactful,” Ms Tesch said.
“I have always been and will continue to be passionate about seeing and creating a society where people with disability are no longer left out of the conversation and treated differently by others.
“Making a submission is also very easy with no formal process required – even leaving a voice recorded message or a handwritten note is enough.”
To make a submission to the Disability Royal Commission, contact DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au, call 1800 517 199 or 07 3734 1900 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm Monday to Friday, or mail to GPO Box 1422, Brisbane Qld, 4001.
Digital submissions can also be made by visiting ‘Make My Submission’.
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