Australians are, and should be, concerned about widespread reports of abuse and exploitation of people with disability. The Disability Royal Commission into Violence, Neglect, Abuse and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Royal Commission) was established to investigate violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation and:
- how to prevent and protect people from it
- best practice in reporting, investigating and responding to it
- promoting a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be independent and live free from it.
The Royal Commission recently released its Fourth Progress Report. This report talks about what the Royal Commission achieved in the first half of 2021. It also explains what the Royal Commission will do in the second half of 2021 to keep people with disability safe.
The Fourth Progress Report covers:
- the different public hearings that took place in the first half of 2021 and what the Royal Commission heard during these hearings
- issues that were raised by people with disability who took part in private sessions
- how the Royal Commission engaged with First Nations peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and people with disability who live in closed environments
- submissions that were sent to the Royal Commission, most of which were from people with disability with stories and experiences to share
- the research the Royal Commission has been doing to inform their Final Report and to help keep people with disability safe.
We worked closely with the Royal Commission to create an Easy Read version of the Fourth Progress Report. Publishing an Easy Read version of this report gives the wider community a stronger understanding of what the Royal Commission achieved in the first half of 2021 and what it aims to do to for the rest of the year to help protect people with disability.
You can read the Fourth Progress Report on the Royal Commission website.