Disability Rights

Advocacy Service Inc

The Australian Government will fund advocacy support and counselling services for people engaging with or affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

Disability Rights Advocacy Service is part of the national network of disability advocacy organisations funded by the Australian Government.


The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, or ‘Disability Royal Commission’ was established on 4 April 2019.


The Royal Commission’s terms of reference cover what should be done to:

  • Prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation

  • Achieve best practice in reporting and investigating of, and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation

  • Promote a more inclusive society that supports the independence of people with disability and their right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The inquiry will cover:

  • all forms of violence against people with a disability

  • abuse of people with a disability 

  • neglect of people with a disability

  • exploitation of people with disability, in all settings and contexts.


The Australian Government will fund advocacy support and counselling services for people engaging with or affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

If you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your or someone else’s safety, call 000 or contact Police


Before you make a submission, please note that the Commission cannot resolve individual disputes. It cannot fix or award compensation. It cannot make orders requiring a party to a dispute to take or not take any action.

If you want to raise concerns about the quality of care or services being delivered to people with disability, you may wish to contact the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.

From October 2019, DRAS will be able to support people wanting to make a submission or speak in person to the Royal Commission. We will listen to what has gone wrong and what needs to be done to fix these issues.  We can help you prepare your submission, collecting any documents you need and support you through attending any hearings.

The Blue Knot Foundation has been funded to provide counselling support specific to the Royal Commission. If you are affected by your contact with the Royal Commission or reliving abuse you have suffered in the  past you should call the Blue Knot Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468


If you are distressed by any aspects of the Royal Commission please seek advice and call LifeLine. (13 11 14). You might also be able to get support over the phone from the following: 

Headspace: 1800 650 890

(Free online and telephone service that supports young people aged between 12 and 25)

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

(private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25)

QLife: 1800 184 527

(Operates 3pm-12am for LGBTQIA+ Australians)


Information about how to make submissions to the Disability Royal Commission can be found on their website here.


Need an interpreter to access this DRAS service? Auslan or spoken language – just let us know.  Interpreters are provided free of charge.



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