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Share your stories with the Disability Royal Commission

Share your stories with the Disability Royal Commission

People with disability, their family, supporters and advocates can share experiences of violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation with the Royal Commission. This helps the DRC learn more about the problem and how to help prevent it in the future. But 2022 is the final year for people to share their stories with the Disability Royal Commission. The final date for submissions is 31 December 2022.

Here are some resources to help you promote awareness of this important deadline. 

Free, independent and confidential counselling and advocacy support for the Disability Royal Commission

Free, independent and confidential counselling and advocacy support for the Disability Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission) is happening now and will run until September 2023.

Free, independent and confidential counselling and advocacy support is available for people with disability who have been hurt, taken advantage of or treated badly. Support is also available for anyone who is engaging with or affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

National Disability Advocacy Framework submission highlights need for funding, sector development and coordination

National Disability Advocacy Framework submission highlights need for funding, sector development and coordination

DANA welcomed the recent opportunity to make a submission on the draft for a new National Disability Advocacy Framework 2022-2025In this submission DANA has identified broadly what we think is needed to strengthen disability advocacy in Australia and ensure it is accessible, responsive and targeted to people with disability at risk of violence, neglect or other harms. These actions need to occur in close consultation with the advocacy sector, with governments listening and responding to input and feedback from advocacy organisations and the people with disability they support.

Have your say about your vision for the future of disability advocacy around Australia

Have your say about your vision for the future of disability advocacy around Australia

The Australian Government is encouraging people with disability, their families and carers, disability advocates and other interested stakeholders to share their views on what is important to improve and include in the new National Disability Advocacy Framework 2022-25 (the Framework).

Visit DSS Engage to take part and to find accessible resources to help. The consultation is open until Friday 8 July 2022.

National Disability Advocacy Program funding announcement

National Disability Advocacy Program funding announcement

On Thursday 7 April, a media release from Senator Anne Ruston (Minister for Families and Social Services) and Senator Linda Reynolds (Minister for the NDIS) announced “$100 million to uphold the rights of people with disability” in the form of continued funding for the National Disability Advocacy Program. Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) chief executive Mary Mallett welcomed the Government’s continued investment in disability advocacy, including an increase to organisations delivering NDIS Appeals. However, she also questioned whether the additional funding would be sufficient given the rising demand for appeals advocacy.