Senate Inquiry report released

Report from Senate Inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability

QDN made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings, in May 2015. QDN also appeared before the Senate

Committee at the public hearings in Brisbane in October 2015. The Senate Inquiry has provided a platform for people with disability and their representatives to tell their stories and experiences.

The final report from the Inquiry has just been released. The Senate Committee have made a number of key recommendations to address the wide ranging systemic issues including a  recommendation for a Royal Commission to conduct a more thorough investigation into violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability.

Some of the other recommendations include:

  • The Australian Government consider the establishment of a national system for reporting, investigating and eliminating violence, abuse and neglect of people with a disability;
  • The Australian Government work with state and territory governments on the implementation of initiatives to improve access to justice for people with disability;
  • Each state and territory to implement a Disability Justice Plan;
  • The Australian Government consider amending a number of protective policies to include the specific needs of people with disability, to ensure that people with disability are afforded the full range of rights protections that are available to people without disability.

The recommendations reflect many of the key issues raised by QDN.
You can read the full Senate Inquiry report here

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