A disability advocate has urged Tasmanians to have their say on draft terms of reference for the disability royal commission, with only a "short period" available to shape its focus.
The federal government released the document on Wednesday for a two-week consultation period.
Its scope is expected to consider all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disabilities in all settings - but with a focus on what governments, institutions and the community should do to respond.
Disability advocate Kristen Desmond said two things stood out for her among the "broad" terms of reference: whether a restitution scheme should be put in place, and what happens during an investigation when something has been alleged.
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"In looking at it, the two things that stand out to me that aren't necessarily as well covered as I would like is investigating how families are treated when they make a complaint," Mrs Desmond said. "Whether that be through a service provider, or a school or any setting really."
Mrs Desmond said the survey questions appear to show the federal government is keen to understand how people with disabilities can be supported to participate in the consultation.
The website gives Easy Read and AUSLAN assistance, with people also able to access an advocate for help if needed.
"We need to allow people with disability to communicate and if that means having hearings with communication devices set up or AUSLAN interpreters or whatever it needs to be, that's going to be really important," Mrs Desmond said.
"The key at the moment is we only have until [next Thursday] for people to have their say on the terms of reference.
"It is critically important that we allow people with a disability and we encourage them to go in and have their say, because it is their voices that need to be heard through this process."
- Consultation closes on Thursday, March 28 and can be found at engage.dss.gov.au
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