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Royal Commission terms of reference released, encouraging feedback until March 28

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News | Mar 14, 2019

The Australian Government has released the draft terms of reference for a Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

The public have been invited to provide feedback on the terms of reference and you can do this online until March 28.

The draft terms require an inquiry into:

  • What governments, institutions and the community should do to prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
  • What governments, institutions and the community should do to achieve best practice to encourage reporting and effective responses to such conduct, including addressing failures in reporting, investigating and responding.
  • What should done to promote a more inclusive society which supports the independence of people with disability and their right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The terms also encourage consideration of:

  • All aspects of quality and safety of services, including informal supports, provided by governments, institutions and the community to people with disability.
  • The specific needs of people with disability and their personal circumstances.
  • The critical role families, carers, advocates, the workforce and others play in providing care and support to people with disability.
  • Examples of good practice and models of innovation.

The full terms of reference can be found on the Department of Social Services website.

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