Group 3

Disability Royal Commission

In July the Summer Foundation made a submission to the Disability Royal Commission.

It said immediate action is needed to improve outcomes for people with disability.

“Young people with disability want to have more choice and control over how they can use their NDIS plan funding and how support is given to them,” the submission stated.

“They want to feel safe at home, have confidence that the people and systems they rely on will understand and support them, and uphold and protect their rights and interests. They want to set goals for their lives and be able to achieve them, with support if required.”

Significant reforms to the NDIS and health and housing interface systems are needed to break the cycle of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation when people with disability are dependent on supports provided by others.

The submission outlines 17 recommendations to:

  • Prevent and better protect people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Achieve best practice in reporting, investigating and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability
  • Promote a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be independent and live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
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