Disability Royal Commission

, Disability Royal Commission

About the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was established on 5 April 2019.
The Royal Commission will cover all types of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. It will cover all of the places where people with disability may be harmed. It will look at what should be done to stop people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse neglect and exploitation
For the latest Royal Commission news, see
https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/news/Pages/default.aspx

Knoxbrooke's Position

Knoxbrooke unreservedly supports the establishment and work of the Royal Commission. The Knoxbrooke Board and Management will work in an ethical and timely manner to respond to any requests made by the Royal Commission to Knoxbrooke.

At Knoxbrooke we believe all people, including people with disability, have the right to live free of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. Any behaviours or practices that represent the abuse, neglect or exploitation of people with disability are unacceptable. We have a zero tolerance to any behaviours or practices that represent the abuse, neglect or exploitation of people with disability.

We continue to review the services and supports we provide looking for opportunities to improve them and to strengthen our safeguarding process. Where we have not lived up to our commitment, we will listen, in an effort to understand what has gone wrong and what needs to be done to address these failings. We will work with the Royal Commission and the disability sector to action recommendations that arise from the Royal Commission.

Legal, Counselling and Advocacy Support

If you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your safety, call 000 or contact Police.

The National Counselling and Referral Service can be contacted on 1800 421 468, 9am to 6pm AEDT Mon-Fri and 9am to 5pm AEDT Sat-Sun. Further information on support services is available on the DSS website.
If you or anyone you know needs help

  • National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1800 880 052
  • Aboriginal Family Domestic Violence Hotline: 1800 019 123
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • MensLine: 1300 789 978
  • National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 1800 737 732

If you are Knoxbrooke staff member and are distressed by any aspects of the Royal Commission, please seek advice and assistance my contacting your manager, the Employee Assistance Program or call LifeLine on 13 11 14.

Legal Assistance:

The Disability Royal Commission Legal Service can provide advice, information and referrals to people interested in interacting with the Disability Royal Commission.
This free service is a joint initiative of National Legal Aid and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, is independent from the Royal Commission, and aims to be trauma-informed and culturally safe.
Free call 1800 771 800, 9.15am and 5.15pm AEDT, Mon–Fri (excluding public holidays).
Information about legal financial assistance scheme is available on the Attorney-General’s website.

Advocacy and counselling services:

Advocacy, counselling and legal supports are being funded for those engaging with the Royal Commission. 

NDS members may need to refer clients to these organisations for support in participating in the Royal Commission.

The National Counselling and Referral Service can be contacted on 1800 421 468, 9am to 6pm AEDT Mon-Fri and 9am to 5pm AEDT Sat-Sun. Further information on support services is available on the DSS website.

Submissions to the Royal Commission

Knoxbrooke fully supports the right of people with disability, their families and staff to make a submission to the Royal Commission. 

If you, or a family member/ friend, would like to make a submission to the Royal Commission advocacy, counselling and legal supports are being funded for those engaging with the Royal Commission. Organisations for support in participating in the Royal Commission are available. 

Enquiries and submissions must be made directly to the Disability Royal Commission:

If you are having difficulty with making a submission you can contact DRC@knoxbrooke.com.au and we will connect you with services that may assist you.