Mai-Wel welcomes the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation of People with Disability.

On 5 April 2019, the Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP and Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, announced the establishment of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Mai-Wel has been an advocate for the rights of people living with disability for 60 years and will continue to support those actively working for a positive change.

As at 27 May 2020, Mai-Wel has had no interaction with the Royal Commission, however should the occasion arise Mai-Wel will be prepared to work with the relevant parties to provide information, advice and support to ensure a desired outcome for the people at the core of our values and vision; people with disability.

What is a Royal Commission?

A Royal Commission is an investigation, independent of government, into a matter of great importance. Royal Commissions have broad powers to hold public hearings, call witnesses under oath and compel evidence, all with a view to understand issues and to make recommendations to government about what should change.

Terms of Reference for this Royal Commission

Each Royal Commission has Terms of Reference, which define the issues it will look into. This Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference cover what should be done to:

  • Prevent and better protect people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
  • Achieve best practice in reporting and investigation of, and responding to, violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
  • Promote a more inclusive society that supports the independence of people with disability and their right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

What has happened with the Royal Commission so far?

In the time since the Royal Commission was established in April 2019, there has been a lot of work undertaken.

On 20 December 2019, the Royal Commission released the First Progress Report providing an overview of the work undertaken in 2019, and an outline of the Royal Commission’s program for 2020. Click here to read the First Progress Report.

Just some points of importance include;

  • Community forums have been held in Adelaide and Gawler in South Australia, Townsville, Ipswich and Logan in Queensland, and Hobart in Tasmania.
  • Regional and remote community visits have occurred to Toowoomba, Palm Island and Cherbourg in Queensland, and Papunya in Northern Territory.
  • Workshops have been held across Australia. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face engagement activities have ceased however the Royal Commission is using technology to keep in touch with the community.

Keeping updated with the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission’s newsletter Connect, is available fortnightly to provides updates and news on the Commission’s work. Click here to read Connect.

All information about the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is available at www.disability.royalcommission.gov.au.

As information is made available, Mai-Wel will provide updates on this page and via the Mai-Wel Facebook page where possible.

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