On Friday, September 29, the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability presented its final report to the public. For over four years, Trusted Care & Support Services has welcomed, supported, and actively contributed to the vital work of the Disability Royal Commission (DRC). We encouraged and facilitated the participation of our participants, their families, and our staff, viewing the DRC as an invaluable opportunity to address challenges, identify critical improvements, and share best practices.
The extensive 12-volume report, comprising 222 recommendations, provides a roadmap for governments, service providers, and the broader Australian community to create a more inclusive society. This endeavor aligns perfectly with our core mission – to support individuals in achieving their aspirations and becoming integral members of their communities.
What Comes Next?
The Commission has granted State and Federal Governments a six-month window to review and respond to its final report. During this period, the recommendations will be thoroughly assessed before any decisions regarding legislative changes are made. Subsequent steps, including consultation and potential legislative amendments, may extend the process considerably.
Our Key Takeaways:
The central theme of the Commission’s recommendations is the need for a more inclusive approach to support people with disabilities in our society. This aligns with our vision and values, particularly inclusion and trust, which are the cornerstones of our organization. Trusted Care & Support Services has always played a pivotal role in fostering a society where individuals with disabilities are included, and people seeking support can trust the services they receive.
Reflecting Varied Experiences
The report reflects the diverse experiences, contexts, and settings in which people with disabilities have encountered violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Significance of Recommendations
We acknowledge the significance of the Commission’s recommendations and findings in its final report. These recommendations are intended to guide governments and society toward a more inclusive future.
Path to Inclusion
While the recommendations are monumental, it will take considerable time to determine the path forward for our inclusive society. Legislation and systemic changes, consultations, and community involvement will all play crucial roles in the journey ahead.
Initial Takeaways from the Recommendations:
- Disability Rights Act: Recommending the development of a co-designed Disability Rights Act to shape an inclusive future.
- Awareness and Understanding: Recommending the strengthening of awareness and understanding of disability rights and the Disability Rights Act.
- Reducing Segregation: Some Commissioners recommend considering changes to make service offers less segregated and improving governance to ensure more choice and inclusive options, including in education, home and living services, and support coordination.
- Choice and Control: Recommending the delivery of services in line with the principles of choice and control.
- Workforce: Recommending a sustainable, well-trained, well-supported, well-paid, and passionate workforce.
- Service Quality: Recommending improved service quality and delivery with tailored support and enhanced oversight.
It is essential to bear in mind that changes will not occur overnight. As decisions are made and progress is achieved, Trusted Care & Support Services is committed to keeping our participants, their caregivers, and our staff updated and involved in the process.
As we embark on this journey toward a more inclusive society, we understand the importance of collaboration, ongoing dialogue, and the collective effort of individuals, organizations, and governments to make meaningful change a reality. Together, we can pave the way for a society where everyone can thrive.