DRC Resources

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‘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.

(Translations in six other languages are available.)

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)

(Translations in six other languages are available)

How can health professionals support the Disability Royal Commission? (short video)

Amendments to Confidentiality Protections  (30 minutes webinar)

It’s safer to share your story: Webinar for people with disability and their supporters (25 minutes)

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 webinars about

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

‘Law for Community Workers on the go’ podcast episode: There’s more time to tell your story to the Disability Royal Commission – who can help? 

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 or watch this Panel Discussion and Q and A.

Resources from organisations providing advocacy support

Advocacy for Inclusion

Advocacy Tasmania

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)

Deaf Victoria

Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (in Victoria)

Family Advocacy

Grampians disAbility Advocacy

Indigneous woman Lisa Sansbury tells her story of trauma and abuse after being removed from her family at a young age. She tells her story in a painting to be submitted to the Disability Royal Commission with the support of her Indigenous advocate Fiona Tipping at Grampians disAbility Advocacy.



  • Video (10 minutes) featuring interview with Kevin – he speaks about the family and institutional abuse he experienced while growing up and encourages others to share their story

People With Disabilities WA and WA network

Queensland Advocacy Incorporated

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)

 Victorian Advocacy League For Individuals With Disability

Women With Disabilities Victoria

Youth Disability Advocacy Newtwork (WA)

Youth Disability Advocacy Service (VIC)

  • Sharing Your Story with the Disability Royal Commission (short video) 


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

Blind Citizens Australia

Deaf Australia

Deafblind 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: