We support the work of the Royal Commission
The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has made a number of important recommendations on reform, policy, and practice.
After over four years of work, the Royal Commission completed a comprehensive and independent review. Importantly, it provided an opportunity for the voices and experiences of people with disability and their loved ones to be heard.
As a human rights organisation, Melba Support Services strongly supports the work of the Royal Commission.
We believe the abuse and neglect of people with disability is completely shameful and totally unacceptable. Everyone has the responsibility to speak up and act. We have zero tolerance for abuse and other violations of the rights of individuals.
Melba encouraged, and supported individuals, families and staff to tell their story and contribute to the work of the Disability Royal Commission.
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other helpful links and information
If you would like to learn more about the Disability Royal Commission, you can find information and contact details on the official website.
The final report is available below.
If you don’t have time to read the lengthy report or want the main facts fast, you can start with the Brief Guide to the Final Report.
An Easy Read guide to the Royal Commission’s report is also available on the Royal Commission’s website. This resource outlines background on the Royal Commission and the format of the report’s sections, and explains terms and words used in the report.
A Listening to First Nations People with Disability brochure describes what the Royal Commission heard from First Nations people with disability and their families and communities about the issues and challenges they face. It also describes some of the changes needed to create an Australia where First Nations people with disability are included. This brochure also comes in Easy Read and Auslan video versions.
There is also an Auslan video guide to the report.
If you need support you can speak with a Blue Knot Helpline trauma counsellor including for support and applications around national redress here.
National Counselling and Referral Service
A national counselling and referral service is available for people with disability, their families and carers, and anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission. It also provides a support service for people with disability, their families and carers who have experienced or witnessed abuse, neglect or exploitation.
You may contact this service on 1800 421 468 (9am to 6pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends) for support for your emotional well-being, support for decisions around telling your story, and/or information on other practical supports available to you.
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