The Disability Royal Commission Legal Service has launched a new website to allow those with disabilities greater access to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
The website has been designed as a “one-stop-shop for information”, with National Legal Aid Chair Brendan Thomas saying that the website helps “people with a disability and their families, carers, supporters and advocates navigate their way through the often-daunting processes required to have their voices heard”.
The website provides information and support for people needing legal help and advice, those who are preparing to make submissions to the Disability Royal Commission (DRC), as well as those who need links to counselling and referral services.
Director of the Disability Royal Commission Legal Service, Shanna Satya says that although “legal advice is not for everyone and people are directly engaging on their own with the Disability Royal Commission. There are instances where people are concerned about confidentiality or they want to name people and are concerned about repercussions. The website can help them understand the risks and any protections”.
The Disability Royal Commission Legal Service gives priority to people with disability, as well as those engaging on their behalf, in particular, those who are:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
From a culturally and linguistically diverse background
Living in institutions such as care facilities and prisons or detention centers
The website is independent from the DRC and is a joint initiative between National Legal Aid and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILIS).
With NATSILS developing culturally appropriate resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which will be available on the website soon.
Director of Policy and Advocacy at People with Disability Australia (PWDA), Romola Hollywood says says “we welcome the launch of the website… and the focus on engaging with minority groups... to ensure all voices are heard by the Disability Royal Commission”.
You can access our guide to the DRC here and the Disability Royal Commission Legal Service for yourself online or through phone: 1800 771 800 (Monday to Friday from 9.15 am to 5.15 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)).