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Draft Terms of Reference – Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

The Law Council of Australia welcomes the proposed establishment of a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Royal Commission) and supports the decision to consult with the community prior to settling the Royal Commission’s detailed Terms of Reference (the ToR).

In view of its role as the peak body representing the Australian legal profession, the Law Council also acknowledges, with appreciation, the agreement of the Department of Social Services to receive and consider a submission made by the Law Council in narrative, rather than survey, format.

The Law Council has briefly consulted with its Constituent Bodies and relevant committees for review and feedback on the draft ToR. In particular, the Law Council has been grateful for the input provided through the Law institute of Victoria, the New South Wales Bar Association, the Law Society of New South Wales, the Law Society of South Australia, the Law Society of the Northern Territory, and the Law Council’s National Elder Law and Succession Law Committee regarding the draft ToR.

In general, the Law Council supports the ToR as drafted, and it welcomes the apparent design of the ToR to ensure broad applicability, without limitation to particular institutional, demographic or geographic contexts. The provision of an inclusive definition of disability is, itself, also important to ensure that the full range of related experiences within the community, most critically the lived experiences of people with disability themselves, can be reflected.

You can read the full submission below.

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