Changes to Royal Commission hearings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has changed the way it will investigate the experiences of people with disability during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To promote the health and safety of witnesses and Commissioners, all Royal Commission hearings will now be livestreamed on the Royal Commission website. However, a small number of witnesses may attend in person to give their evidence, subject to relevant government advice.

The next Royal Commission hearing will be held in Sydney the week of 21 September 2020. It will investigate Psychotropic medication, behaviour support, and behaviours of concern.

Visit the Royal Commission’s website for the schedule of public hearings for the rest of the year.

Submissions to the Royal Commission can still be made by telephone, email and video, or through the Royal Commission website. In addition, Disability Support Workers, advocates, and trusted friends of people with disability can still help to prepare submissions.

Visit the Royal Commission’s website for information on making a submission.

Scope supports the Royal Commission because we regard it as another development that helps to advance the rights of people with disability. It is consistent with our own mission to enable each person we support to live as an empowered and equal citizen.