Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

The Disability Royal Commission was established in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability.

The Disability Royal Commission was established in April 2019 in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability. These incidents might have happened recently or a long time ago.

The Disability Royal Commission will investigate:

  • preventing and better protecting people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • achieving best practice in reporting, investigating and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability
  • promoting a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be independent and live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The Disability Royal Commission released an Interim Report on 30 October 2020. A Final Report is expected to be released on 29 September 2023, detailing recommendations about how to improve laws, policies, structures and practices to ensure a more inclusive and just society.

The Western Australian (WA) Government fully supports the Disability Royal Commission in its efforts to identify and respond to issues affecting people with disability and the opportunity it provides people with disability to share their experiences. We are committed to proactively engaging with the Disability Royal Commission and responding quickly to any requests the Royal Commission makes for information from the WA Government.

If you would like further information about the Disability Royal Commission, including past and future hearings, research reports, issues papers, submissions and other publications, or if you wish to share your story, please visit the Disability Royal Commission website.

Page reviewed 15 October 2021