OC Connections welcomes the important work of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
Like all members of our community, people with disability have the right to live free of violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation. As a dedicated NDIS provider, OC Connections promotes human rights and has a zero-tolerance approach to violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation.
We firmly believe that all Australians should have confidence in the quality and safety of supports that are provided to people with disability. Any behaviours or practices that abuse, neglect or exploit people with disability are unacceptable.
In this spirit, we will engage with participants, their family, the sector and Royal Commission. We will listen to what has gone wrong and we will actively contribute to discussions on how to ensure disability supports are of the highest possible quality.
Legislation passed the Australian parliament on 30 August 2021 to protect confidential information provided to a Royal Commission, beyond the life of the Royal Commission.
With the passage of this amendment to the Royal Commissions Act 1902, the Royal Commission will now be able to guarantee the confidentiality of submissions and other sensitive information both during and beyond the term of the inquiry.
Find Disability Royal Commission Support Services in your area
The Australian Government is funding free and independent support services for people engaging with or affected by the Disability Royal Commission.
Use the map here to find disability support services in your local area such as counselling, advocacy, legal and financial services.
You can also call the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468 or 02 6146 1468 for telephone counselling support or to be referred to services in your local area.
Legal Service Website Launched
A website has been launched for the DRC Legal Service. While not accessible to organisations, it is important that staff and clients are aware of this service. The service can be contacted on 1800 771 800 from 9.15am to 5.15pm AEDT, Monday to Friday. https://yourstorydisabilitylegal.org.au/Home
There are services available to support you through any difficult feelings you might be having because of the Royal Commission. Some of these are provided by the Royal Commission. Others are provided by independent, external providers that have been funded by the Australian Government. You can find more information at: https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/counselling-and-support
Commonwealth-funded advocacy support services are available under the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP). More information can be found via the following link: https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/counselling-and-support/advocacy
Easy Read Fact Sheet
Disability Royal Commission Links