Improving confidentiality protections for Disability Royal Commission
The Morrison Government has today introduced legislation that will improve confidentiality protections for individuals appearing before the Disability Royal Commission.
The Royal Commissions Amendment (Protection of Information) Bill 2021 addresses concerns raised directly by Commissioner the Hon Ronald Sackville AO QC that the confidentiality of certain information provided outside of private sessions may not be guaranteed once the Commission ceases to exist.
"The amendments will ensure individuals can have every confidence to come forward and engage fully with the Commission without fear that any confidential information they provide may later be disclosed," Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General, Senator Amanda Stoker, said.
"This will ensure that the Commission's findings and recommendations truly reflect people's experiences."
The amendments will fully protect the confidentiality of people with disability and their supporters who recount their experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation to the Disability Royal Commission outside of a private session, both during the life of the Commission and after it has concluded its work. The provisions will ensure that certain protected information cannot be sought under compulsory court processes such as through subpoenas.
These protections are in addition to those that already exist, including the Commission's ability to hold private sessions, assign pseudonyms and make directions known as non-publication directions.