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Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with a Disability

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission) was established on 4 April 2019 by the Federal Government of Australia.

The aim of the Royal Commission is to help inform Australian governments, institutions and the wider community on how to prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in the future.

Aspect has voiced it’s support for the establishment of the Commission and is encouraging the autistic and autism communities, staff and the general public to read about the Disability Royal Commission and how they can make a submission.

We have created an Easy Read page with information about the Royal Commission and our responses to it. You can access that page here.

The Disability Royal Commission is considering the lived experiences in any setting involving:

  • Incidents of violence, neglect, abuse, exploitation of people with disability
  • Complaints processes and outcomes; and
  • Lack of access to support or services

In October 2020 the Disability Royal Commission released an Interim Report.

This report talks about how the Disability Royal Commission works and what it has done in the first 15 months of operations. The report talks about key themes that the Disability Royal Commission has found so far, but does not make any recommendations.

View an Easy Read summary of our response to the Disability Royal Commission’s Notices to Aspect

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Aspect’s response to the Disability Royal Commission Notices - Easy Read summary

An Easy Read summary of Aspect's response to the Disability Royal Commission Notices

The Australian Government has established a website which provides information, including Easy Read information and Auslan videos, about the Disability Commission, including information on the Terms of Reference, Submissions, News and Fact Sheets.

If you would like to receive regular updates from the Disability Royal Commission you can subscribe to their mailing list here.

Royal Commission Issues Papers

The Royal Commission publishes Issues Papers to get feedback on topics from people with a disability as well as other people in the community

Aspect has prepared responses to some Royal Commissions issues papers. You can view the original Issues Papers and Aspect's responses to them below.

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Aspect's response to the Disability Royal Commission - Restrictive Practices Issues paper

Aspect's response to the Disability Royal Commission - Restrictive Practices Issues paper

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Aspect's response to the Disability Royal Commission - Criminal Justice Issues paper

Aspect's response to the Disability Royal Commission - Criminal Justice Issues paper

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Aspect's response to the Disability Royal Commission - Education and Learning Issues Paper

Aspect's response to the Disability Royal Commission - Education and Learning Issues Paper

We have Easy Read copies of our Responses to these papers as well:

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Aspect's Response to the Restrictive Practices Issues Paper - Easy Read summary

An Easy Read summary of Aspect's response to the Restrictive Practices Issues Paper.

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Aspect's Response to the Criminal Justice Issues Paper - Easy Read summary

An Easy Read summary of Aspect's response to the Criminial Justice Issues Paper.

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Aspect's Response to the Education and Learning Issues Paper - Easy Read summary

An Easy Read summary of Aspect's response to the Education and Learning Issues Paper.

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Aspect will regularly update this page with information about the Disability Royal Commission, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and general information on how to get involved over the coming months. If you would like to be made aware of updates to this page please contact us:

This page and the Frequently Asked Questions has been created to provide information to the Aspect community about the Disability Royal Commission.

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