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Explaining the Disability Royal Commission

Hi everyone, I’m Mark Kulinski, I’m the Chief Executive of Community Living Australia. I would like to introduce Tina Till our new Director of Client Services. Today we are going to be talking about the Disability Royal Commission, as of November this year. Thanks Mark, can you tell us, what is the Disability Royal Commission? Well first of all, the full name of the Royal Commission is the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disabilities. and this is the largest funded Royal Commission that we have seen in recent times. It is funded to the tune of about five hundred and fifty million dollars. Basically, they are doing that because it is a three year Royal Commission and they want to do that so they can ensure that people with disabilities actually have a voice. We can hear from people with disabilities and their families and carers in terms of how they have been treated over many years, and they are going back to 2012, maybe, likely further, because it is a three year gig basically. I think it’s a really important step in ensuring that people with disabilities receive the services in a way that they need them, but it’s not just about service providers like Community Living Australia. It’s about all of community, so its about how community treat people with disabilities and how they can do better. What is hoped to be gained from the Royal Commission? Basically, the Royal Commission hopes to inform government and the wider community of how to protect and support people with disabilities. What will the Royal Commission look at? The Royal Commission will look at all parts of life, from health, the education system, which is being scrutinised at the moment through the Royal Commission. The justice system which includes the corrections, police, the courts, the whole gamut. It will look at retail, how people are treated when they go shopping. How people are being supported or not, by various members of the community including families. Mark, what is the Royal Commission looking to achieve? The Royal Commission is looking for best practice, looking for system change, so we can actually better protect and prevent wrongdoing to people with disabilities. All of the community, society, needs to learn from the Royal Commission, they need to listen and watch as we will, so we can ensure that we have best practice and we treat people with dignity and respect. How do people with disability and others share their stories? Anyone can make a submission to the Royal Commission. People with disabilities can make a submission like anyone else via the Royal Commission website, telephone, email and I believe there is also capacity through video to submit submissions. What is Community Living Australia doing to support the Royal Commission? We are supporting our clients and families through having newsletters and sending letters out individually to people. It is an education process, so people have the right information at hand so they know they can make a submission and how to go about that. We also offer support through our teams. People with disabilities and their families might feel quite daunted about this process, how is the commission going to help these people submit evidence in their own way? and stories in their own way? The best thing about the Royal Commission is that it is well funded. The Royal Commission has made a commitment to help people with disabilities to be heard. They want people with disabilities to be heard. So they provided funding to advocacy agencies to be there and walk alongside people with disabilities so they can get their message across. People can have one on one meetings with commissioners to be heard. They can go to a hearing, a community hearing as I said before or a public hearing, or they can actually just put it in writing or again via video. However they feel comfortable. Where will these public hearings be held? The hearings will be held everywhere, all capital cities and regional centres. Thank you very much, Mark, for all of that really helpful information. Thank you, everyone, for watching the Vlog. If you have any more questions please do get in touch with us and we will keep you updated as things go along. Thank you.

Cesar Sullivan

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