On the 5th 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. The Terms of Reference for a Royal Commission define the scope of the Royal Commission’s inquiry. The 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.
The Mai-Wel Group welcomes the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation of People with Disability.
Mai-Wel has been an advocate for the rights of people living with disability for almost 60 years and will continue to support those actively working for a positive change.
On the 16th September, the first Public Sitting was held in Brisbane. A number of key pieces of information were revealed:
- A seventh Commissioner, Roslyn Atkinson AO was introduced.
- The inquiry is to cover all forms of violence against, and abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability, in all settings and contexts. To achieve this, nine domains of inquiry were announced:
- Homes and living
- Education and learning
- Economic participation
- Individual autonomy/self-determination and the right to the dignity of risk
- Community participation
- Geographical challenges
- One or two public hearings will be held before the end of the year with a likely focus on education and learning, homes and living including restrictive practices, exclusion from education and housing available to people with a disability.
Mai-Wel will regularly update this page with information relevant to our community as it arises.
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.
For more information on the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, head to https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx.