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ADAI Disability Royal Commission Advocacy Service

We provide a free Advocacy Support Service

Advocacy for Disability Access and Inclusion Inc. provides free advocacy support services to people wanting help to make a submission to the Disability Royal Commission. This can include:

  • information about the Royal Commission and how to take part
  • help to tell their story
  • advice about other services available and referrals to those services.

You can contact us on (08) 8340 4450 or free call 1800 856 464.

We’ll post regular updates and information about the Royal Commission on the

ADAI Disability Royal Commission Advocacy Facebook page

and on our Twitter page.

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What is the Disability Royal Commission?

The Australian Government has set up a Royal Commission to look into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability and report on what needs to change.

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, investigating, 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 inquiry will cover all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation experienced by people with disability, in all settings and contexts. Then the Royal Commission will report on what needs to change to improve the system. But it won’t take action on individual cases.

The Royal Commission wants people to share their experiences by:

What we learn from the Royal Commission will help to 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.

The Royal Commission website has up to date information about what’s happening and how people can be involved. This includes the dates and locations of community forums and public hearings, and how to take part. For regular updates, people can subscribe to the Royal Commission’s mailing list by sending an email DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au

Free Legal Advice Service

A free legal advice service has been set up to help people who need legal information or advice about telling their story to the Royal Commission. In South Australia this will be delivered through the Legal Services Commission and the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement.

You can get help by phoning free call 1800 771 800 between 9:15am and 5:15pm AEDT, Monday – Friday, excluding public holidays.

Free Emotional Support Service

Some people may be upset by some of the things that come up for them as a result of the Royal Commission. A free counselling and referral service is available through the Blue Knot Foundation.

You can get help by phoning free call 1800 421 468 or (02) 6146 1468 between
9:00am and 6:00pm weekdays and 9:00am and 5:00pm weekends AEDT.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing and/or speech impaired, you can contact the Blue Knot Foundation through the National Relay Service on 133 677.

If you need support in another language, please use the free of charge Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) by:

  • calling the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468 and asking for an interpreter. The counsellor will make the arrangements, or
  • calling TIS National on 131 450 and asking to be connected to the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468.

You can also get help from Beyond Blue, phone 1300 224 or Lifeline Crisis Support, phone 13 11 14. These services are available 24 hours/7 days.

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