Suspension of Public Hearings: Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

cameron@tascoss.org.au

1 April 2020

    The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has suspended public hearings, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

    This includes our upcoming hearings on:

    • education scheduled for next week in Brisbane, Queensland
    • justice scheduled for April in Brisbane, Queensland
    • First Nations people with disability scheduled for May in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

    Community engagements and face to face private sessions have also been suspended for the time being.

    The Royal Commission has been contacting all those directly affected, such as witnesses and people who have registered for community forums, to inform them of the decision.

    The Royal Commission is considering the implications of this situation for its timetable.

    The Royal Commission will continue to work despite the postponement of some of the Royal Commission’s activities. For example, issues papers will still be published and preparations for future hearings will progress.

    For more information about our decision to postpone public events, you can read our media release.

    People can continue to tell the Royal Commission about their experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. They can do this in any way they choose, by phone, in writing or by making an audio or video recording. Information about sharing your story is on the website.

    We will continue to provide regular updates on our website, our newsletter and on our social media channels.