Who are we?
Your Story Disability Legal Support is a free national service. We give information and legal advice to people about safely sharing their story with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. The Australian Government funds National Legal Aid and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal services to deliver the national service.
The service is delivered by Legal Aid Commissions and community-controlled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services in each state and territory (except Queensland where it is delivered by the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service).
We are independent and separate from the Royal Commission and will only share your information if you give us consent.
We support people with disability, their families, carers, supporters and advocates and only give legal advice about individual matters.
We do no help organisations (e.g. disability service providers, non-government organisations and residential facilities).
Some reasons you might want to contact us for legal support include:
- You want to use the name of an organisation or person in your story.
- You have a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement that stops you sharing some, or all, of your story.
- You are concerned about payback if you share your story.
- You are worried that you or someone else will be unsafe, lose access to services or employment, or your rights will be affected.
- Your story talks about current or past court matters.
- Your story talks about something you did, that you should not have done or think may be illegal.
- You are registered to speak at a Royal Commission community forum.
- You want support to get ready for a private session with the Royal Commission.
People with disability (including people engaging on behalf of people with disability) will have priority, in particular those who:
- are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
- are from a diverse cultural background or speak another language
- identify with LGBTIQ+
- live in institutions (such as care facilities and prison/detention centres).
Read our Easy English guide about how to use the Disability Royal Commission Legal Service