About the Royal Commission
And why your story matters
The Disability Royal Commission is looking at ways to prevent people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in the future.
Established in April 2019, the Disability Royal Commission is due to provide an interim report this October. The Western Australian-based hearings are yet to be confirmed.
The Chair of the Royal Commission, the Honourable Ronald Sackville AO QC, has stressed how important it is for people with disability, their families and their advocates to engage with the Commission and tell their stories…
Five Western Australian advocacy organisations you may know, have received funding to provide free and independent advocacy support for people engaging with or affected by the Disability Royal Commission.
People With Disabilities WA (PWdWA), Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC), Midland Information, Debt & Legal Advocacy Service (Midlas), Sussex Street Community Law Service and Advocacy WA are working together to help Western Australians with disability, their family members or carers acting on their behalf to put in submissions and share their stories.
Personal experiences are important. If you are a disabled person who has experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation - your story can help the Commissioners understand what has happened.
Stories from people with disability, their families, support people and the broader community, will help shape what services could look like in the future.
We want the Disability Royal Commission to understand why our State is unique, so that it can highlight and recommend changes to the services and support people use in our community.
Our help network
PWdWA (People With Disabilities Western Australia) is the peak disability consumer organisation representing the rights, needs and equity of all Western Australians with physical, intellectual, psychiatric or sensory disability via individual and systemic advocacy. PWdWA is run BY and FOR people with disabilities and as such, strives to be the voice for all people with disabilities in Western Australia.
Phone: 1800 193 331
Advocacy WA assists and supports people with disabilities to achieve social and individual change, empowerment, justice and human rights. Advocacy WA provides services to individuals families living with disability across the South West.
Phone: 08 9721 6444
EDAC is a state-wide disability advocacy service that strives to protect, safeguard and promote the rights and interests of ethno-culturally diverse people with disability and their families/carers for them to reach their full potential as Australian citizens. This is achieved through individual advocacy support, systemic advocacy and community engagement.
Phone: 1800 659 921
Midland Information Debt and Legal Advocacy Service Inc (Midlas) is a not-for-profit community agency based in Midland that has been funded to provide advocacy services to people with disability throughout the north east region of Perth who need help engaging with the Disability Royal Commission.
Phone: 08 9250 2123, Extension 13
Sussex Street Community Law Service Inc is a ‘non profit’ non government community based organisation that provides access to accountable, non judgemental and effective legal services to low income people in the community. Sussex Street has been funded to provide advocacy to people who need assistance engaging with the Disability Royal Commission.
Phone: 08 9250 2123
For more than 65 years Relationship Australia WA's professionally-trained and highly-skilled staff have been helping West Australians to change and transform their lives through the provision of confidential support services and evidence-based practices. Relationships Australia is providing counselling services to people making submissions in WA. Open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You can call during this time to make an appointment, no referral needed.
Phone: 08 6164 0180
Yorgum will provide accessible, culturally appropriate and trauma-informed community-based counselling services for Indigenous Western Australians with a disability, their families and carers, who are affected by the Disability Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation. Their service will cover all of WA except for the Kimberley Region.
Phone: 08 9218 9477
The Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation (KSGAC) is a community owned and controlled organisation that consists of members of the Stolen Generations and their families in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. They will provide culturally appropriate and trauma-informed community-based counselling services for Indigenous Western Australians in the Kimberley Region.
Phone: 1800 830 338
We're listening and ready to help.
If you have a story that could help influence the Royal Commission Into Violence, Abuse, Neglect And Exploitation Of People With Disability, we can help you. Our form will help guide your written submissions to the Commissioners.
This form can also be used as a resource for disability services organisations, carers, and family members to assist their clients, friends and family members who wish to send a submission.
Five WA organisations are here to help and are listed in the table above. They can give you advice on submitting your form to the commission. Alternatively, you can email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org where we can submit the form confidentially on your behalf.
The Department of Social Service’s National Counselling and Referral Service can be contacted 1800 421 168 9am to 6pm weekdays or 9am to 5pm weekends AEDT.