Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services

Media

Media Releases

pdf26 MAY 2016 Action needed to stop abuse in disability sector(PDF 342.3 KB)

pdf17 FEB 2016 Final hearing on abuse in disability services(PDF 329.19 KB)

pdf11 DEC 2015 Further hearing on abuse in disability services(PDF 323.06 KB)

pdf3 DEC 2015 Melbourne hearing on abuse in disability services(PDF 323.29 KB)

pdf26 NOV 2015 Regional hearings on abuse in disability services(PDF 324.07 KB)

pdf13 NOV 2015 Morwell hearing on abuse in disability services(PDF 324.11 KB)

pdf04 NOV 2015 Ballarat hearing on abuse in disability services(PDF 324.27 KB)

pdf02 NOV 2015 Bendigo hearing on abuse in disability services(PDF 112.36 KB)

pdf28 OCT 2015 Shepparton hearing on abuse in disability services(PDF 324.12 KB)

pdf15 OCT 2015 Melbourne hearing on abuse in disability services(PDF 16.5 KB)

pdf09 OCT 2015 Geelong hearing on abuse in disability services(PDF 112.69 KB)

pdf24 SEP 2015 Hearings commence on abuse in disability services(PDF 117.74 KB)

pdf09 SEP 2015 Call for submissions on abuse in disability services(PDF 116.98 KB)

Media Alert

pdf06 AUG 2015 Interim report released on abuse in disability services(PDF 110.15 KB)

 

Report

Final Report

The Final Report was tabled in Parliament on 26 May 2016. The report is available for download in pdfPDF format(PDF 8.07 MB). The report is also available for download in docxWord format(DOC 5.42 MB).

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Interim Report

The Interim Report was tabled in Parliament on 6 August 2015. The report is available for download in pdfpdf format2.24 MB. The report is also available for download in docxWord format(DOC 2.26 MB).

Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services - Interim Report

 

 

Terms of Reference

Received from the Legislative Assembly on 5 May 2015:

To the Family and Community Development Committee — for inquiry, consideration and completion of an interim report no later than 31 July 2015 and a final report by no later than 1 March 2016* an inquiry into abuse in disability services and —

  1. in particular the inquiry will include but not be limited to:
    1. why abuse is not reported or acted upon; and
    2. how it can be prevented;
  2. the Committee should note that the Victorian Ombudsman is currently conducting an investigation into how allegations of abuse in the disability sector are reported and investigated, including the effectiveness of the statutory oversight mechanisms in reviewing incidents and reporting on deficiencies (Ombudsman’s investigation) and that this investigation will cover services which include residential, respite and day programs funded by the Victorian Government;
  3. in undertaking the inquiry, the Committee should:
    1. seek not to prejudice any investigations being undertaken by the Ombudsman or any Victorian Government agencies or any legal proceedings; and
    2. work cooperatively with the Ombudsman to avoid unnecessary duplication;
  4. the inquiry will be conducted in two stages:

    1. Stage 1:
      1. the Committee should consider the strengths and weaknesses of Victoria’s regulation of the disability service system with a view to informing Victoria’s position on appropriate quality and safeguards for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, this may include issues being considered for the quality and safeguards framework including:
        1. workforce recruitment, screening, induction, training and supervision;
        2. provider registration requirements;
        3. systems for handling complaints; and
        4. the impact of current systemic safeguards on the rights and protections of people accessing disability services;
      2. the Committee should have regard to any preliminary findings, recommendations or advice from the Ombudsman’s investigation, and any other evidence that the Committee considers appropriate;
      3. the Committee is requested to provide an interim report to the Parliament (on the matters set out in paragraph (d)(i)(A)) no later than 31 July 2015;

    1. Stage 2:
      1. the Committee should consider any further systemic issues that impact on why abuse of people accessing services provided by disability service providers within the meaning of the Disability Act 2006 are not reported or acted upon and this should include:
        1. any interim measures to strengthen the disability services system prior to transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
        2. any measures to strengthen the capacity of providers to prevent, report and act upon abuse to enhance the capability of service providers to transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme; and
        3. any measures to support people with a disability, their families and informal supports to identify, report and respond to abuse;
      2. the Committee should undertake research to determine best practice approaches to how abuse of people accessing services provided by disability service providers within the meaning of the Disability Act 2006 can be prevented and this should include:
        1. identifying early indications of abuse;
        2. strategies to prevent abuse occurring;
        3. consideration of needs specific to particular cohorts;
      3. the Committee should examine the powers and processes of Victorian investigation and oversight bodies with jurisdiction over abuse of people with a disability, with particular focus on the ongoing role of these bodies in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme; and
      4. the Committee should have regard to the final report, findings and recommendations of the Ombudsman’s investigation, and any other evidence that the Committee considers appropriate.

 

*The reporting date was extended to 30 April 2016 by resolution of the Legislative Assembly on 11 November 2015.**

**The final report is due to be tabled in the week of 23-27 May 2016.