Disability Royal Commission Community Forums Announced for February in Logan and Ipswich

On Tuesday 28 January 2020, the Disability Royal Commission announced it will be holding two community forums in Logan (4 February 2020) and Ipswich (5 February 2020). Community forums are an opportunity for the Royal Commission to update the community about their work, and for people with disability to share their stories in an informal environment.

While we acknowledge that the Royal Commission’s announcement of these forums has come at short notice, QDN encourages members to attend if possible, to ensure Queenslanders with disability’s voices are heard.

QDN fully supports the Royal Commission and sees it as an opportunity for people with disability to have a voice and speak out against violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. We will, however, be passing on feedback that short notice for events makes it difficult to attend for some members and their families.

Information on support services, including counselling and legal support, will be available at the community forums. However, we encourage members to seek support early and ask questions ahead of time if needed, and to ask question about the impacts of giving evidence both during the commission and after the Royal Commission finishes.  For more information, see the ‘Important Links’ section below.

Next week’s community forums in Logan and Ipswich are open to people with disability and their families. Specific community engagements will be held with organisations including peaks and service providers in the near future.

People unable to attend community forums can make a submission, by phone, in writing or by making an audio or video recording. Click here to access the Royal Commission website for more information.

Event Details

Logan

Date: Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Times: 10:00am – 12:00noon (AEST)

Venue:  Logan Entertainment Centre, 170 Wembley Road Logan Central.
Click here to register for the Logan community forum.

Ipswich

Date: Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Times: 11:00am – 1:00pm (AEST)

Venue: Ipswich Civic Centre, 50 Nicholas Street, Ipswich

Click here to register for the Ipswich community forum.

Important Links

Legal support National Legal Aid (NLA) together with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) will provide a free, national legal advisory service for people engaging with the Royal Commission.  You can contact NLA on 1800 771 800.  Click here to access National Legal Aid.  Click here to access the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service.

Financial Assistance Section of the Commission can be contacted directly on 1800 117 995.  If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can also call the National Relay Service and give 02 6141 4770 as the number you would like to call.

Advocacy services funded under the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) have been given additional funding to support people with disability. Information about the program can be found at National Disability Advocacy Program, along with a Disability Advocacy Finder tool to help you locate a service provider near you.  Alternatively, you can contact the Disability Royal Commission Hotline on 1800 517 199 or at the following email DRCEnquiries@royalcommission.gov.au to assist you to find your nearest advocacy service.  Click here to access the National Disability Advocacy Program.  Click here to access the Disability Advocacy Finder.

Counselling support during the Disability Royal Commission is available from Blue Knot Foundation on 1800 421 468.

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