DRC Resources

‘So…’ Podcast with John Mckenna – Episode: Disability Advocacy & Counselling, Working together – John interviews DANA CEO Mary Mallett and Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, the President of Blue Knot Foundation which operates the National Counselling and Referral Service

This episode of the Inform podcast discusses the work of DANA and the Blue Knot Foundation in support of the DRC: Disability Royal Commission advocacy and counselling supports

Disability Royal Commission

Refer to the official website of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (or DRC for short) at www.disability.royalcommission.gov.au to ensure you are accessing the most up-to-date information.

Visit the DRC website to access or download the:

On the DRC YouTube channel you can find videos of:

The DRC newsletter Connect, provides fortnightly updates and news on the Commission’s work.

Department of Social Services (DSS) website

Visit the DSS website to access information about the DRC support services or download the

People, some with visible disabilities, against pale yellow background - with NDAP, Blue Knot and Australian Government logos

Your Story Disability Legal Support

Your Story Disability Legal Support provides free, independent legal support to share your story with the Disability Royal Commission.

This service has produced resources for people with disability, including a number of useful factsheets:

There are also lists of Frequently Asked Questions for

Are you worried about sharing your story with the Disability Royal Commission? (short video)

If you are another support organisation wishing to make a referral to Your Story Disability Legal Support, there is an updated referral form, a legal referral checklist and guide to using that checklist on their Resources for Organisations page.

You can also watch their hour-long webinars about

These webinars include useful information on how Your Story and disability advocates can work together.

National Counselling and Referral Service

Blue Knot Foundation will be elevating its promotion of the National Counselling and Referral service as a key trauma-informed support for people with disability, family members, carers, advocates and workers who have experienced or witnessed abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation.

Anyone who wishes to access this support does not need to make a submission or have any prior involvement with the Disability Royal Commission.

You can call the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468.

To find out more about the National Counselling and Referral Service, visit the Blue Knot Foundation website.

Resources from organisations providing advocacy support

Advocacy for Inclusion

Aged and Disability Advocacy (QLD)

Association for Children with a Disability (VIC)

Council for Intellectual Disability (CID)

Disability Advocacy and Complaints Service of South Australia Inc (DACSSA)

Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS)

Family Advocacy

 IDEAS

People With Disabilities WA and WA network

Queensland Advocacy Incorporated

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)

 Victorian Advocacy League For Individuals With Disability

National representative organisations

Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO)

People With Disability (PWD) Australia

Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA)

Inclusion Australia

National Ethnic Disability Alliance

Women With Disability Australia (WWDA)

First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) Australia

Other useful resources and information

Unofficial information site: www.disabilityroyalcommission.com

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

ABC News has created a Disability Royal Commission webpage where it will file all relevant news stories, such as:

Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (in Victoria)