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Get legal support

We give free, independent legal advice to:

  • people with disability
  • their families
  • carers
  • supporters and
  • advocates.

Call 1800 77 1800 Monday to Friday (free call) or go to our contact us page for other ways to reach us. 

We will listen to you and explain how you can share your story with the Disability Royal Commission.

If you need legal advice, we can arrange for you to talk to one of our lawyers.

You may need legal advice if:

  • you want to name a person or organisation in your submission
  • there are restrictions on sharing your story with the Royal Commission, for example a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement
  • you are worried about the impact of sharing your story on you (or someone else’s) safety, access to services, employment or rights.

Getting legal advice

Getting legal advice with our service doesn’t mean you are in trouble.

Waiting for legal advice to engage with the Royal Commission can be frustrating. We will contact you as soon as we can to give you advice.

 You can get legal advice in a way that works for you:

  • over the phone
  • by skype or videoconference
  • face-to-face

We can arrange interpreters to support you during the legal appointment.  This includes Auslan.

You can invite your advocate, family member or friend to support you during the legal appointment.

What happens at the legal advice session?

The lawyer will listen to your story, talk to you about your legal rights and your options to share your story with the Disability Royal Commission. This may include by:

  • making a submission
  • giving evidence at a public hearing
  • sharing information about your experiences at a private session

We will set a time to give you legal advice.  If you need more time  we will make another appointment with you.

Need extra help?

See our factsheets and brochures for more information.

Read about the counselling and other support services available to you.

Call 1800 77 1800 Monday to Friday (free call) or go to our contact us page for other ways to reach us.