Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability- How to engage with the survey


The objective of this document is to provide one page set of information for people with disability, DPOA members and supporters, about how to engage with the survey.


The draft Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability have been released, and people with disability have been asked what we think about them.

You can see the Terms of Reference here.

There are Easy Read and Auslan translations of the draft Terms of Reference available.

A word version of the Terms of Reference is also available for you to download – Draft-Terms-of-Reference-Royal-Commission-March-2019

There is only one way to have your say about the Terms of Reference – through this survey.

We have some concerns about what has been left out of the Terms of Reference, including:

  • There is no reference to the need to develop research and data
  • No commitment to a redress scheme
  • There is nothing to specifically direct the Royal Commission to look at the individual experiences of people with disability who have survived violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The Terms of Reference Survey is not accessible for everyone:

  • It’s not available in Easy English or Easy Read, and is not written in Plain English
  • It provides no visual aids
  • It asks us to rank pre-described focus areas, and provides only a small space for us to nominate our own priorities
  • It is not possible to complete using a screen reader
  • It has not been made available in any languages other than English

If you need any help filling out the survey please call the Survey Hotline on 1800 880 052

The Terms of Reference Survey is NOT the time to tell your story. This will happen soon, when the full Royal Commission gets underway. We will make sure there is lots of information about how to tell your story.

More information:
El Gibbs
Manager Media and Campaigns. People with Disability Australia
0408 682 867

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) is an alliance of four national DPOs.  DPOs are organisations that are led by and constituted of people with disability. The key purpose of the DPO Australia is to promote, protect and advance the human rights and freedoms of people with disability in Australia by working collaboratively on areas of shared interests, purposes and strategic priorities and opportunities.

DPO Australia is made up of four national population specific and cross-disability DPOs that have been funded by the Australian Government to represent the views of people with disability and provide advice to Government/s and other stakeholders.

The four DPO Australia members are First People’s Disability NetworkPeople with Disability AustraliaNational Ethnic Disability Alliance and Women With Disabilities Australia. 
For further information about Disabled People’s Organisation Australia (DPOA) visit:

  • For further information about People with Disability Australia (PWDA) visit
  • For further information on First People’s Disability Network visit
  • For further information on the National Ethnic Disability Alliance visit:
  • For further information on Women With Disability Australia visit: