The chairman of the Disability Royal Commission wants 17 more months to produce a final report due to the scale of work required and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 561-page interim report of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was published on Friday, but it did not contain any recommendations.
Royal Commissioner chairman Ronald Sackville QC said such was the enormity of the inquiry no firm recommendations could be made in the interim report, and the commission needs an extension to hand down a final report. He is expected to request an extention to September 29, 2023.
“The task confronting us is formidable, but we are committed to completing the work in a way that will help bring about transformational changes in the laws, policies and practices affecting people with disability,” Mr Sackville said.