Submission to Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

The Disability Support Pension (DSP) is a vital component of Australia’s social support system, and psychosocial disability is the most common condition amongst people receiving the DSP. However, the DSP application and appeals process are extremely difficult to navigate, posing significant barriers to people with disability and denying realisation of the right to an adequate standard of living and social protection.

Mental Health Australia provided this submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, to highlight the issue of institutional economic neglect in relation to the DSP and support the Royal Commission’s inquiry into this area.

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