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Issue #08
13th February 2020

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Disability Royal Commission Update

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has today released information about how you can apply to tell your story to a Commissioner in a private session.

Private sessions can be held in person, via video conference, or on the telephone, and will let you share your story with a Royal Commissioner in a confidential setting.

Why should I share my story?

People with disabilities, their families, and supporters need to be heard. It is important that the Disability Royal Commission hears your story.  

What happens at a private session?

  • At your private session, you will be able to share your story in person with a Commissioner.
  • Your name and anything you tell the Commissioner during a private session is protected by law from being shared with anyone.
  • A private session lasts about an hour or two.
  • You can bring documents or notes with you.
  • A counsellor will be there to support you after the session and will follow up with you a week later.
  • You will receive a thank you card after sharing your story privately with a Commissioner. 

The information you provide in a private session is confidential, even after the Royal Commission has ended, except in very specific circumstances, such as when your story needs to be shared with the police. 

How do I apply for a private session?

You can request a private session by:

What happens after I share my story?

  • For most people, your private session will be the end of your involvement with the Royal Commission.
  • Your name and the information you share in a private session is confidential. However, if you agree, the Royal Commission may share parts of your story on their website or in their reports, but you will not be identified (your name will be kept private). 
  • The Royal Commission will put you in touch with organisations and people who can support you, such as counselling and legal services.

More information

The Royal Commission has more information on how to share your story privately: 

I need help, where do I go?

AFDO has more information about the Disability Royal Commission on our website.  You can learn more by visiting AFDO - Royal Commission 

Important: If you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your safety, please call 000 or contact Police.  TTY users can contact police on 106 directly through a TTY.


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