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Disability Royal Commission Update

The Disability Royal Commission (the Commission) announced last week two community forums to be held in Logan (4 February 2020) and Ipswich (5 February 2020). Community forums are an opportunity for the 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 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.

Click here to register to attend.

In December 2019, the Commission released its first progress report. The report highlighted the work the Commission has already done, including its hearings in Brisbane and Townsville. The progress report also outlined the next steps for the Commission, including the launch of a new website in early 2020 that aims to be more accessible and user-friendly for people with disability.

Click here to access the progress report, including Easy Read versions.

Ways to have your say

The Commission has released three issues papers for public feedback. QDN is developing submissions on each of the issues’ papers on behalf of our members. If you would like to provide feedback or share your story as part of our submissions, you can email kswift@qdn.org.au or call 1300 363 783 to make a time to speak to one of our policy staff. We are always seeking members’ views to include in our policy submission, so encourage all members to get in touch and have their say. Alternatively, you can send in your own submissions. See below for more information on each of the issues papers or you can click here to access more information.

The Commission is interested in the experiences of people with disability who have lived, or who are living in group homes. Click here to find more information about the group homes issues paper.

The Commission wants to understand the experiences of people with cognitive disability in accessing or receiving health care. Click here to find more information about the health care for people with cognitive disabilities issues paper.

The criminal justice system issues paper is looking at how people with disability, including young people and First Nations people, are over-represented across the criminal justice systems in Australia. The issues paper is also calling for responses about prisons and forensic mental health facilities where forced treatment and restrictive practices may be used. Click here to find more information about the criminal justice system issues paper.

The Disability Royal Commission will host the following events in Queensland in the first half of 2020:

February 2020

  • February 4: Community Forum – Logan, Queensland.
  • February 5: Community Forum – Ipswich, Queensland.
  • February 6: Engagement with First Nations People, Organisations and Communities – Brisbane.