Royal Commissions


Agents of our own destiny: activism and the road to the disability Royal Commission

There are two chronologies that tell the story of the establishment of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability – one known, the other unknown. In short, the creation of the Royal Commission was never inevitable, but once the...
Fact sheet

Violence against people with disability in Australia

In Australia people with disability are more likely to experience violence than people without disability. This fact sheet summarises the prevalence of physical violence, sexual violence and stalking and harassment against people with disability.

Second year review of the National Redress Scheme: final report

This review concludes that a significant and urgent reset of the National Redress Scheme is required to deliver on the commitments of governments, provide survivors with an acknowledgment that the abuse should not have occurred, and confirm that the scheme is a survivor-centred, humane and...
Working paper

30 years on: Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommendations remain unimplemented

This paper outlines concerns with the 2018 Deloitte Access Economics review of the implementation of the 339 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System: final report

In this final report, the Royal Commission has set out an ambitious reform agenda to redesign Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing system. Achieving the vision will require a collaborative and collective effort, and shared responsibility across governments, service providers, community groups, advocates, people with lived...

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety final report: care, dignity and respect

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has completed its inquiry and has tabled this final report. The Commissioners, Tony Pagone and Lynelle Briggs, call for fundamental reform of Australia's aged care system.

Aboriginal deaths in custody: the Royal Commission and its records, 1987–97

This guide is the only comprehensive listing of the huge volume of records created by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The records include individual case files, submissions, research reports, the papers of the Commissioners and staff, the records of legal counsel, and...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Is it a crime to attack a royal commissioner?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended Dyson Heydon's integrity and warned Labor MPs that it is a criminal offence to criticise a royal commissioner.
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Fact Check: Brendan O'Connor incorrect on Cole royal commission cost

Opposition employment and workplace relations spokesman Brendan O'Connor claims the 2001 Building and Construction Industry Royal Commission cost $66 million, equating to $100 million in today's dollars.
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Fact Check: Can ASIC do the same job as a financial industry royal commission?

Labor promises to hold a royal commision into "misconduct in the banking and financial services industry". But Treasurer Scott Morrison claims there is nothing that ASIC can't do that a royal commission can do.