The Disability Royal Commission is holding a series of public hearings around the country to gather evidence about violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation of people with disability.

Public hearings are formal proceedings in which witnesses give evidence, under oath or affirmation, about events and issues that are relevant to the Disability Royal Commission’s terms of reference.

All public hearings of the Royal Commission are recorded and streamed live on the Royal Commission website. Every public hearing will have live captioning and Auslan-English interpreters.

For more information about how public hearings work. visit:

Upcoming Public Hearings

June 2021

  • 23 – 24 June: Public hearing 15, Brisbane – Satellite hearing: Criminal justice and the NDIS

July 2021

  • 28 July – 4 August: Public hearing 16, Melbourne – Measures taken by employers and regulators to respond to the systemic barriers to open employment for people with disability

August 2021

  • 20 August 2021: Public hearing 14, Sydney (virtual hearing) – Preventing and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in disability services (South Australia) – Oral submissions

September 2021

  • 10 September 2021: Public hearing 13, Sydney (virtual hearing) – Preventing and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in disability services (a Case Study) – Oral submissions
  • 17 – 24 September: Public hearing 17, location TBC – First Nations children with disability in out-of-home care

October 2021

  • 18 – 22 October: Public hearing 18, Hobart – The health and safety of women and girls with disability

The above list may not be the most accurate list, for a more accurate list of upcoming public hearings in 2021 head to the DRC’s website – Our Schedule.

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Previous Public Hearings

Public hearing 15: People with cognitive disability and the criminal justice system: NDIS interface

Public hearing 14: Preventing and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in disability services (South Australia)

Public hearing 13: Preventing and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in disability services (a Case Study)

Public hearing 12: The experiences of people with disability, in the context of the Australian Government’s approach to the COVID 19 vaccine rollout

Public hearing 11: The experiences of people with cognitive disability in the criminal justice system

Public hearing 10: Education and training of health professionals in relation to people with cognitive disability

Public hearing 9: Pathways and barriers to open employment for people with disability

Public hearing 8: The experiences of First Nations people with disability and their families in contact with child protection systems

Public hearing 7: Barriers to accessing a safe, quality and inclusive school education and life course impacts

Public hearing 6: Psychotropic medication, behaviour support and behaviours of concern

Public hearing 5: Experiences of people with disability during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Public hearing 4: Health care and services for people with cognitive disability

Public hearing 3: the experience of living in a group home for people with disability

Public hearing 2: Inclusive education in Queensland – preliminary inquiry

Public hearing 1: Ceremonial opening sitting