Local MP Karen Andrews is encouraging people with disability, their families or carers on the Gold Coast, to have their say on draft Terms of Reference for a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
Minister Andrews welcomed the Coalition Government’s announcement today to begin an important public consultation process to shape the scope of a Royal Commission.
The consultation process was announced by Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, and is open until 28 March 2019.
“Everyone has the right to live in a safe environment without violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation,” Minister Andrews said.
“This consultation will establish the scope of a Royal Commission and find out what support is needed for people with disability to fully participate in a Royal Commission once it is up and running.
“This is a vital step in guiding the establishment of a Royal Commission and ensuring people with disability are firmly at the centre of shaping the inquiry.”
Minister Andrews is encouraging those on the Gold Coast to provide feedback by completing the survey at engage.dss.gov.au
“This is the time to provide input into the scope of the Commission. However, if you are experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or if you are concerned for your safety, you must continue to report this to the relevant authorities.” Minister Andrews said.
The survey is fully accessible and includes Auslan translations and an easy English guide.
For help to complete the survey, contact the Survey Hotline on 1800 880 052 Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm AEST, or your disability advocate for support and advice.