QAI welcomes the announcement by the Federal Government of its plans to establish a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. QAI has strongly advocated for the calling of a disability Royal Commission for many years. These calls have been supported by many people with disability in our community and many other advocacy and human rights organisations.
The 2015 Senate Inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings reported on the alarming nature and extent of violence, abuse and neglect that vulnerable Australians with disability have and continue to experience and made a raft of recommendations for urgent actions. The first recommendation made by the Senate was for the Federal Government to call a Royal Commission, the terms of reference for which were to be determined in consultation with people with disability, their families and supporters, and disability organisations. This recommendation was made in November 2015. During the three and a half years that the Government has failed to action this key recommendation, countless incidences of violence, abuse and neglect have been endured by Australians with disability. The calling of this Royal Commission is long overdue.
The Federal Government is currently accepting comments and suggestions on the proposed Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission. You can contact us with your thoughts and ideas and we can include them in QAI’s submission, or you can submit them directly to the Government by completing its survey, available here:
We think that it’s vital that the Federal Government develop the Terms of Reference for this inquiry in genuine consultation with people with disability and that people with disability are actively engaged in the design and conduct of the inquiry. We urge you to make your voice heard.