The Disability Royal Commission says its current hearing and its ongoing operations have not been significantly affected by a cyber security incident against an IT service provider, Law In Order, that provides document and digital support to the Commission.
The cyber security incident occurred on Sunday 22nd November 2020.
As a precaution Law In Order has shut down a number of its key systems.
The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is one of Law in Order’s many clients affected by the incident.
The Chair of the Commission, Ronald Sackville AO QC, says the incident has not significantly affected the ongoing work of the Disability Royal Commission, which “will proceed as planned with its important work.”
Public Hearing 8 into the experience of First Nations people with disability and their families in contact with child protection systems, continues in Brisbane today as planned.
The DRC understands that the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Cyber Security Centre have both been informed about the incident and that Law In Order is undertaking its own investigation with the help of expert cyber security advisors.
The company has assured the DRC that at this stage there is no evidence that DRC information has been accessed.
The investigation is ongoing as the company works to bring all of its systems safely back online.
The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability continues its important work and does not expect the incident to cause disruption to its ongoing schedule of public hearings and private sessions.