Our Statement on the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

The board, leadership and team of Australian Network on Disability condemn violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. We believe that people with disability are valuable social and economic contributors with skills and capabilities who are entitled to share in the economic, social, cultural and political wealth of Australia and must be treated with dignity and respect. We believe that less violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability will occur when more and more organisations become accessible to and inclusive of people with disability and there is fair representation and participation of people with disability across all aspects of business and our communities. We applaud the many organisations that are taking positive steps towards being disability confident so they can welcome people with disability as skilled and talented employees and valued customers.

We agree with the feedback from people with disability that many mainstream organisations have more to do to ensure that their employees with disability are better enabled and are not discriminated against, bullied or harassed at work. More needs to be done to facilitate professional development opportunities and encourage initial employment and then career progression of the many talented and committed people with disability. Many organisations need to do more to facilitate fair and equitable inclusion of people with disability as customers and service users.

The Australian Network on Disability is committed to assisting large organisations from the private, public and third sectors to build the capabilities they need to be accessible and inclusive to people with disability and working with those organisations to help them improve.

We deeply regret the violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability that has occurred and continues to occur. We encourage organisations from the private, public and third sectors to develop the behaviours, attitudes, systems and knowledge to become inclusive and accessible so that everyday we’re working towards a fairer, more inclusive and economically prosperous Australia.

Further Information: 

For further information on the Royal Comission, please go to the Department of Social Services website.