Disability Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission) was established on the 4 April 2019 and will run for three years until 2022.

Royal Commission Information

National Counselling and Referral Service 

The Department of Social Services, on behalf of the Disability Royal Commission, has launched a national, free counselling and referral service delivered by the Blue Knot Foundation.


People with disability, their families and carers, and anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

What counselling services are available?

  • A counsellor support for your emotional wellbeing
  • support for making choices about telling your story
  • information on other practical supports available to you.

Contact Details

P: 1800 421 468 OR 02 6146 1468

Operating Hours (AEDT):

Weekdays – 9am to 6pm

Weekends – 9am to 5pm

People who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment can contact us through the National Relay Service (NRS). Please phone 133 677.

If you require support in another language please use the free of charge Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National), by:

calling the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468 and asking for an interpreter. The counsellor will make the arrangements, or
calling TIS National on 131 450 and asking to be connected to the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468.
National Legal Advisory Service for the Disability Royal Commission

Legal services (National Legal Aid (NLA) and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS), will be delivering a free national legal advisory service that provides information and advice to members of the public who want to participate in the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. 


People with disability, and their families, carers, supporters and advocates.


Explanation about legal rights and the options available to engage with the Royal Commission, including:

making a submission
Note: They will not assist to write a submission. They will only provide advice on the contents of a submission.
participating in a community forum
providing evidence at a hearing
sharing information about your experiences.
Make referrals to counselling and other support services.


People can register their interest and/or get general advice on the established referral phone line:

Contact Number: 1800 771 800

Operating Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm AEDT.

You can contact the helpline to:

Find out information about how to engage with the Royal Commission
Obtain advice about how to make a voluntary Submission
Register your interest in accessing legal advice about engaging with the Royal Commission

Assistance with Submissions and Appearances for the Disability Royal Commission

DA NSW offers free advocacy support for residents across many NSW regions to access and be heard in the Disability Royal Commission. Include link to map

You can use the NDAP finder webpage to find alladvocacy services providing this Royal Commission support in other areas around

Australia. https://disabilityadvocacyfinder.dss.gov.au/disability/ndap/

A DA NSW advocate can assist people in our funded regions (click on link to map) to:

participate in the Royal Commission and plan the best way to tell their story
communicate with the Royal Commission about required communication supports (e.g. interpreters, accessible interview techniques, recordings)
refer people to other agencies for ongoing counselling and/or psychological support as needed, and
deal with other related issues faced by people engaging with the Royal Commission e.g. accessing services, finding housing, stopping discrimination or making complaints.