Polio Australia encourages any polio survivor to make a submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, if it is relevent to you. On this page, we have outlined some information to help you make your submission, and ensure your voice is heard.
Polio Australia will not be making an organisational submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability on behalf of polio survivors. Polio Australia’s Board and Staff recognise the personal and complicated nature of the issues raised as part of this Commission and acknowledge that we do not have the internal expertise to provide support to individual polio survivors on these issues. For this reason, we encourage you to reach out to the appropriate support services, as listed below.
What is the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability?
A royal commission is the highest level of public inquiry in Australia. Its main functions are to investigate an issue, produce a report and make recommendations to government. This work is informed by extensive input from members of the community, who are invited to share their concerns about the matter/s being investigated. Recent inquiries and reports have shown that people with disability are more likely to experience violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation than people without disability.
What does it aim to achieve?
The Royal Commission aims to uncover what should be done to:
- prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
- achieve best practice in reporting and investigating of, and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
- promote a more inclusive society that supports the independence of people with disability and their right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
- Incidents of violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation of people with disability
- Complaints processes and outcomes
- Lack of access to support or services
- Quality of disability support services
- Examples of best practice and innovation
- Complete the submission form
- Complete the Easy Read Submission Form
- Phone: If you find it difficult to use the form, you can provide your submission by phone on 1800 517 199 (9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday AEDT).
- Email: You can also email a submission to us at [email protected]
Should I Make A Submission?
The Royal Commission particularly wants to hear about:
How Do I Make A Submission?
Can I Access Support?
If the Royal Commission has brought up any issues for you, or you would like support please see this webpage to access appropriate services.
The information above is taken from the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability website