Royal Commissions

Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

If I have given evidence to Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS committee) inquiries, how does that affect evidence I might give to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability?

Royal Commissions have access to all of the published evidence and information received by NDIS committee inquiries. However, because of the law of parliamentary privilege, there are some limitations on the use Royal Commissions can make of this evidence. For example, people cannot be directly questioned on their parliamentary evidence but Royal Commissions can use this material to develop lines of inquiry, follow up things and independently pursue inquiries.

Royal Commissions cannot access the unpublished or in camera (confidential) material received by the NDIS committee unless the Parliament makes a specific decision to provide this material to a Royal Commission. If you provided a submission to the NDIS committee that the committee treated as confidential, you should not provide a Royal Commission with a copy of your actual submission. However, you are free to prepare a new document for a Royal Commission providing the same information you gave to the NDIS committee.

If you provided the NDIS committee with documents that had a prior existence (for example your records from an institution) you can provide those documents to a Royal Commission which can use them to help it investigate matters and question witnesses.

If you require further information please contact the NDIS committee secretariat on 02 6277 3083 or at

Further information about the Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability Royal Commission is available on 1800 517 199 or at: