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Independent Advocacy in the Tropics Inc

Disability Royal Commission

Advocacy Support

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Abuse Royal Commission) has commenced and they want to hear from all Australians about their experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

They want to make it as easy as possible for people with disability to participate in this Royal Commission are now accepting submissions.  They are committed to making accessible and appropriate arrangements for people with disability, their families, carers and others, to engage with them to provide evidence and share information about their experiences.

The Department of Social Services are funding several National Disability Advocacy Program funded organisations to provide Advocacy Support Services to:

  • Provide information about the Royal Commission and to help people understand the purpose of the Royal Commission
  • Support those who want to participate through the whole process
  • Protect the rights of people and help them say what they want to say and how they want to say it
  • Provide advice and referrals and act in their best interest
  • Assist people to get the supports needed including counselling and/or psychological support

This service is available to all those living within our service region (see our Service Region page).

If you are considering making a submission or just want some advice, please contact us.

Phone:  (07) 4725 2505
Free Call:   1800 887 688


Counselling and Support

Seeing or hearing news about the Royal Commission will be hard for some people and so will sharing experiences.  The Royal Commission has put together a counselling team to attend their events including Public Hearings and provide support for anyone sharing their experience.

The Blue Knot Foundation is offering free specialist counselling and support and a referral service for any affected by the Royal Commission. 

Blue Knot Foundation Contact Details: 
National Hotline 1800 421 468
Monday - Friday (9:00am - 6:00pm AEDT)
Weekends and Public Holidays  (9:00am - 5:00pm AEDT)


Legal Support

The Australian Government is also funding a free national legal advisory service for people who want assistance to make a submission. This service is independent from the Royal Commission.

DRC Legal Service Contact Details: 
National Hotline 1800 771 800
Monday - Friday excluding Public Holidays (9:15am - 5:15pm AEDT)

Disablity Royal Commission - Contact Details:

There are a number of ways to contact the Disbility Royal Commission for information and advice and to lodge a submission.

National Hotline 1800 517 199
Monday - Friday excluding National Public Holidays (9:00am - 6:00pm AEDT)

National Relay Service: 

National Hotline 133 667 and tell them you want to call 07 3734 1900

Translating and Interpreting Services: 
TIS National Hotline 131 450 and tell them you want to call 1800 517 199

Postal Address: 

GPO Box 1422, BRISBANE   QLD  4001

Email and Website:




Make a submission
Submissions have now closed.  The Disability Royal Commission will be closing in June 2023 and advocacy funding will cease on 30 June 2023


Hearings and Transcripts:

Transcripts of Hearings are available on the Disability Royal Commission Website at


First Progress Report- December 2019