Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (DRC)
Most of you will be aware that on Friday 29 September the final report of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was released. The commission heard evidence over four and a half years of hearings, consultation, and representation, and made 222 recommendations. The report marks an historic point in time for people with disability, their families, and the disability sector. The report sets out a vision for a more inclusive Australia where people with disability can be educated, employed, and live among their own community and where their rights are respected and upheld.
It is now the role of Federal and State agencies to consider the recommendations and ensure that the recommendations are acted upon through a considered reform agenda that will likely entail changes to legislation, policy, and program delivery. It is anticipated that some of the changes will take some years to achieve, while others may be implemented more expediently.
The SEQUAL team and Board will work diligently to ensure that SEQUAL is in the best position to respond to any sector changes, as State and Federal bodies set out their vision for implementing the recommendations of the report. Overall, I would comment that the report recommendations are consistent with SEQUAL values and, in that regard SEQUAL and I welcome the report.
You can view the public documents of the final report at the following link, including a text Easy Read version of the report: Royal Commission