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Disability Royal Commission

Life Without Barriers supports the Disability Royal Commission (DRC). We believe it is time for people with disability to be heard, and for these experiences to influence how we, as a nation, support people with disability.

NEW (22 September)

- Free, independent and confidential counselling visit the Department of Social Services’ website for more information.

Easy Read factsheet about the DRC's public hearing into the experiences of people with disability during COVID-19.

- A great resource about accessing free legal support if you are thinking about sharing your story with the Disability Royal Commission - Your Story Disability Legal Support [video]

Counselling and advocacy services are available for people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation; and anyone affected by the DRC. 

- The DRC have a regular newsletter called Connect Newsletter – It has information about special dates, resources and information on how to connect with the Commission Edition 9 is now available.

- Private sessions have resumed. Speak to the DRC to understand how they protect your privacy if you choose for the information you share to remain confidential.

NEW Public hearings announced

 Check the DRC website for the latest information www.disability.royalcommission.gov.au

  1. Week of 21 September: Public hearing, Sydney – Psychotropic medication, behaviour support and behaviours of concern

  2. Week of 12 October: Public hearing, Brisbane – Barriers experienced by students with disability in accessing and obtaining a safe, quality and inclusive school education and consequent life course impacts

  3. Week of 16 November: Public hearing, Brisbane – Long term, including indefinite, detention and interactions with the criminal justice system experienced by people with disability

  4. Week of 23 November: Public hearing, Brisbane – The experiences of First Nations people with disability and their families in contact with child protection systems

  5. December Public hearing, Sydney – Training and education of health care professionals in relation to people with cognitive disability AND Systemic barriers in the pathways to employment for people with disability. 


  • Read how Life Without Barriers can support people using our services to engage with the DRC.
  • Easy English information about how Life Without Barriers can support you to engage with the DRC.
  • Read our full statement supporting the call for the DRC here.  

Free, independent and confidential support for people with disability, families and carers

The Australian Government is funding counselling and advocacy support services for people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, and anyone who is engaging with or affected by the Disability Royal Commission.
 
Call 1800 421 468 9am to 6pm (AEST) weekdays and 9am to 5pm (AEST) weekends and national public holidays for counselling support, information and referral, or ask to be connected to a counsellor or advocate near you. Support is free, independent and confidential.
 
Visit the Department of Social Services’ website for more information.


Contact Information

If you need support through any difficult feelings you might be having because of the Royal Commission, you can contact Blue Knot Foundation national hotline on 1800 421 468 (9am - 6pm AEDT Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm AEDT Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, call the National Relay Service on 133 677 and give 02 6146 1468 as the number you want to call.

To contact Life Without Barriers about the Royal Commission email disabilityroyalcommission@lwb.org.au or call (02) 4033 4500.

You can also write to us at Life Without Barriers:
Disability Royal Commission support 
PO Box 2226 
Dangar NSW 2309

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