Issues papers are an important part of the Disability Royal Commission (DRC) and help our community provide feedback on specific topics to the DRC.

Issues papers ask questions about a topic that is important to the DRC. You don’t have to answer every question – you don’t have to answer any of the questions, if you don’t want to. But you are welcome and invited to send any information you think will help the Royal Commission do its work.

All issues papers ask people to respond by a deadline. This is so that your response can help inform any related public hearings. You can provide a response after the deadline and your input will contribute to the ongoing work of the DRC.

Current issues papers

The experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability

This issues paper is asking the public to share their views about the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability. We are especially interested in the views of all people with disabilities and their family and supporters.

The issues paper asks 13 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.

Responses from individuals and organisations are encouraged to be in by  11 June 2021.

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website to find out how to respond.

Want to learn more about the DRC?

Learn more about the DRC on our website or contact Heidi at WWDA on po@wwda.org.au.

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Find out how to tell your story and where to get support on our website.

Check WWDA’s submissions to the DRC.

You can view all of our submissions to the DRC on our website.

Previous but ongoing issues papers

Promoting inclusion

The issues paper on Promoting Inclusion is asking the public to share their views about what an inclusive society looks like, the barriers to inclusion, how we can become a more inclusive society, and how inclusion might prevent violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The issues paper asks 9 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website to find out more.

Violence and abuse of people with disability at home

The issues paper on Violence and abuse of people with disability at home is asking the public to share their views about how people with disability experience violence and abuse where they live. 

The issues paper asks 13 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses. 

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website to find out more.

Safeguards and quality

The issues paper on Safeguards and quality is asking the public to share their views about how people with disability experience safeguards, what promotes quality in services, and how these may prevent and reduce their exposure to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. 

The issues paper asks 11 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website to find out more.

First Nations People with disability

The issues paper on the experiences of First Nations people with disability is asking the public to share their views about what they think governments, institutions and communities can do to prevent violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of First Nations peoples with disability.

The issues paper asks 12 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website to find out more.

Restrictive practices

The issues paper on Restrictive Practises looks at the use and impact of restrictive practices on people with disability. We want to know about the effects of restrictive practice on people with disability.

The issues paper asks 13 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website to find out more.

Employment

The issues paper is looking at the experiences of people with disability in employment. We want to understand why people with disability are less likely to be employed and have lower incomes than people without disability. The issues paper is also seeking information about people’s experiences of discrimination at work and how well specific programs designed to increase the employment of people with disability are working.

The issues paper asks 9 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website to find out more.

Rights and attitudes

This issues paper looks at the awareness and recognition of the rights of people with disability. We want to learn more about the level of awareness that people with disability, and the wider community, have about the rights of people with disability.

We are also interested in attitudes towards people with disability.

The issues paper asks 10 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website to find out more.

Emergency planning and response

Australia is currently in the midst of an unprecedented emergency with the COVID-19 pandemic, following the summer bushfire crisis. People with disability can be severely affected by emergencies and may be at a higher risk of experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation at these times. The purpose of this Issues Paper is to invite information from the public on emergency planning and response.

The issues paper asks 11 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website to find out more.

Criminal justice system

The issues paper on the Criminal justice system states that people with disability, including young people and First Nations people, are over-represented across the criminal justice systems in Australia and are at heightened risk of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The issues paper asks 9 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses. 

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website to find out more.

Health care for people with cognitive disability

The issues paper on Health care for people with cognitive disability outlines our preliminary understanding of the key issues experienced by people with cognitive disability when accessing health care.

The issues paper asks 10 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website to find out more.

Group homes

The issues paper on group homes explains our understanding of the key issues experienced by people with disability who live in group homes.

The paper includes 10 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses. 

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website to find out more.

Education and learning

The issues paper on education and learning explains our understanding of the key issues and barriers experienced by students with disability.

The issues paper asks 13 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses. 

Visit the Disability Royal Commission website to find out more.