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First Nations Disability Legal Support factsheet

What is the Disability Royal Commission?

In Australia, a Royal Commissions is the government’s way of finding out about big problems that are important to the public.

The Disability Royal Commission has been created to find out about violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of all people living with disability.

What legal services can Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people access to help share their story?

Your Story Disability Legal Support is a free, national legal service for our mob living with disability, their family, carers and supporters and is independent from the Royal Commission.

  • Our service is run by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisation and exists to help you to protect and understand your legal rights.
  • We offer expert legal advice and information that is culturally safe and accessible.
  • We want to help you share your story with the Disability Royal Commission,while protecting your legal rights.

To have a yarn you can call us on our free national helpline on 1800 771 800.

How can you share your story with the Disability Royal Commission?

If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person living with a disability who has experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation, we are here to help you to share your story with the Disability Royal Commission.

There are 4 way to do this:

  1. Make a submission (by writing, video or phone)
  2. Participate in a community forum
  3. Speak at a hearing
  4. Attend a private session.

What other support services are available?

Counselling:

Blue Knot Foundation is a national telephone counselling service that supports people who want to share their story with the Disability Royal Commission.

Contact their free service on 1800 421 468.

Disability Advocacy:

Free commonwealth-funded advocacy support services are available under National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP).