COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Royal Commission Updates June / July 2020

Social distancing rules intended to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 put a stop to planned hearings and face to face consultations for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

The Commission has not advised time frames for the resumption of hearings, workshops and group consultations as this is contingent upon the lifting of the restrictions on group gatherings, but it is hoping the current phased approach of lifting restrictions will continue and hearings can resume soon.

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The current deadline for submissions is 31 July 2020. Any older person or family carer who lives in Queensland that would like to tell their aged care related story to the Commission and requires help to do so should contact ADA Australia on 1800 818 338 or email info@adaaustralia.com.au.

The Final Report will be handed to the Governor-General on 12 November 2020. The report will set the framework for a complete overhaul of the aged care system — from system philosophy and design, to interactions with health and disability services, to workforce, funding, and regulation. It is understood that work on the Final Report has commenced.

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Anyone living in Queensland who is wanting to share their lived experiences of Australia’s disability services systems still has plenty of time to make a submission. If you need help to put your submission together, you can locate someone who can assist you here.

People’s individual stories are powerful and collectively shared they can bring necessary reforms in the disability sector. Now is the ideal time to ensure Disability Commissioners hear from you if you have not already shared your story with them.