Disability Royal Commission

Assistance to Share Your Story

Advocacy is available to support people affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

About the Disability Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Exploitation and Neglect of People with Disability  was established in April 2019 and will run for three years. Their final report is due 29 April 2022. It is also known as the Disability Royal Commission.

The Royal Commission was started because of community concerns about the fact that people with disability are more likely to experience violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation than people without disability. 

The Disability Royal Commission is investigating how to:

  • prevent and better protect people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • achieve best practice in reporting, investigating and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability
  • promote 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 is listening to the stories of people with disability. They want to hear from people with disability about their experiences and about how things can be improved.

The Disability Royal Commission is investigating and reporting on violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in all settings and contexts. This includes schools, workplaces, group homes or boarding houses, family homes, hospitals and day programs. They are investigating events that happened recently and events that happened a long time ago.

There are different kinds of support to assist people affected by the Disability Royal Commission. You may want support to share your story, advocacy support, emotional support or legal support.

Do you need support to participate in the Disability Royal Commission?

Side By Side Advocacy is one organisation who can help people with disability share their experiences with the Disability Royal Commission. If you have a story you may want to share, we can help you to:

  • learn more about what the Royal Commission is doing
  • decide if you want to share your experience
  • plan the best way to share your story
  • support you to contact the Royal Commission in a way that suits you
  • give you information about other places you can get support like counselling.

We can help if you live in the northern region of Greater Sydney.

Contact us

Would you like to find out more?

See our Disability Royal Commission Brochure

Phone: 02 9808 5500
Email: drc@sidebysideadvocacy.org.au

If you don’t live in the northern region of Greater Sydney, you can look for other organisations in your area using a government tool called the Disability Advocacy Finder

Disability Royal Commission Support from Other Organisations

Emotional Support

Many people feel upset or anxious when thinking about any violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation they, or someone they know, have experienced.

You can get free emotional support from the Blue Knot Foundation. Their counselling and referral service is available for people with disability, their families and carers, and anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

Call the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468.

The Service operates 9:00am to 6:00pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm weekends.

Legal Support

You can get free legal support from Your Story Disability Legal Support.  Call them on 1800 771 800 between 9.15am and 5.15pm.

Find out more about talking to the Disability Royal Commission Legal Service on the Your Story website. You can also read their Frequently Asked Questions.


People who are deaf, have difficulty hearing and/or have a speech impairment can use the National Relay Service (NRS) to call any of these services. Please phone 133 677.

If you need support in another language please use the free of charge Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450.