Royal Commission holds hearings in Melbourne

The Royal Commission is currently having public hearings in Melbourne following its first public hearings held in Townsville in early November.

The hearings are scheduled from Monday 2 to Friday 6 December and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Melbourne.

According to the Royal Commission, this hearing is looking at homes and living for people with disability in Victoria and is particularly interested in the experiences of people who have lived or are currently living in group homes.

Some things that the hearing will explore:

  • the right of people with disability to choose their place of residence, including where and with whom they live
  • how the group home model emerged and its impact on the housing options and the experiences of people with disability in Victoria
  • the causes of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of residents of group homes in Victoria
  • the effectiveness of laws, policies and key government agencies to protect residents with disability from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of residents in relation to group homes
  • social inclusion options for living independently and alternatives to the group home model.

At this stage, Scope has not been asked to make a submission nor appear to the Royal Commission. However, we remain willing to assist the Royal Commission in any way it deems appropriate.