Welcome to Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU)

DARU is a statewide service established to resource the disability advocacy sector in Victoria.

T: (03) 9639 5807 | E: admin@daru.org.au | Level 8, 128 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Get the DARU Update

The DARU Update is a weekly e-newsletter featuring news items, resources and events of interest to disability advocates as well as providing information about funding opportunities, job vacancies in the sector and how to get involved with inquiries and campaigns.

Browse Update Archive

The Latest from DARU

NDIS in Victoria

NDIS logo The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolling out across Victoria from July 2016.  For all the latest information about the roll out, eligibility, services the NDIS covers and more, visit the NDIS website.

For research and resources on ‘what works’  for NDIS participants and service providers, visit the Centre for Applied Disability Research’s Disability Knowledge Clearing House.

Advocacy Sector Conversations

dialog iconThe aim of this forum series is to discuss matters which directly impact on the practice of disability. Dates for 2016 are 1 March, 23 June and 24 November.  The first forum had an NDIS focus and the audio, transcript and other resources is now available from the forum summaries page.



New YouTube DARU channel

YouTube logo DARU is now on YouTube.  Our beautiful video on the rights under the UN Convention is available and the Rights Tough playlist from this year’s conference.  We’ve also found some talks by advocates that you might find interesting. Check out the DARU channel on YouTube

New to the Resource Library

  • DARU Update - 13 February 2017

  • National Disability Conference Initiative 2017-18

    The National Disability Conference Initiative aims to assist eligible conference organisers to maximise the inclusion and participation of people with disability at nationally focused disability-related conferences in Australia. Total funding of $315,000 is available for conferences held between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018.  Within this funding, up to $10,000 is available for each … Continue reading

  • ILC National Readiness Grants

    Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) is all about inclusion of people with disability. It is about creating connections between people with disability and their communities. The objective of the ILC National Readiness Grants is to support projects aligned to the ILC Policy and the ILC Commissioning Framework that will build the capacity and readiness of … Continue reading

  • New framework to help shape the future of sport and recreation

    The aim of developing a strategic framework for sport and recreation in Victoria is to strengthen the system and identify how the broader economic, health and community benefits arising from the sector can be maximised.  This framework will set out the outcomes the Victorian Government wants to achieve through sport and recreation. A discussion paper and background … Continue reading

  • NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework

    The NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework provides a nationally consistent approach to help empower and support NDIS participants to exercise choice and control, while ensuring appropriate safeguards are in place and establishes expectations for providers and their staff to deliver high quality supports. The NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework is designed to ensure high quality … Continue reading

  • DARU Update - 6 February 2017

View resource library

In the News

View media items

Upcoming Events

  • CPSN Social Squad Ballarat 'Come & Try' FREE

    Sat 4th Mar, 2017
    Time: 10am - 12pm
    Hosted by Cerebral Palsy Support Network

    Make friends, hang out and join the squad! We’re holding a FREE Social Squad ‘Come & Try’ session in Ballarat on March 4.

  • Thinking And Speaking Off The Cuff

    Tue 7th Mar, 2017
    Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Hosted by Corporate Communication Experts

    This workshop is designed to help you think and talk on your feet in situations that may arise unexpectedly, or without notice.

  • Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum

    Wed 22nd Feb, 2017 - Tue 21st Nov, 2017
    Hosted by DARU

    This forum series provides a space for advocates to gain practical information and share knowledge by participating in topical, interactive sessions.

  • SexEd Up Expo

    Fri 24th Feb, 2017
    Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
    Hosted by

    The “SexED UP Expo” is for adults living with a disability, their partners, family, current and future Health, Community and Disability sector workers and those with an interest in this area.

  • JobAccess: Helping drive disability employment

    Fri 24th Feb, 2017
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Hosted by Job Access

    JobAccess is the national hub for workplace and employment information for people with disability, employers and service providers. This webinar will focus on the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) and how to apply and highlight case studies of JobAccess in action Heather Hill, Team Leader JobAccess, will present this webinar.

  • 'Whatever It Takes': A training course on rehabilitation following Acquired Brain Injury

    Tue 21st Feb, 2017
    Time: 8.30am-4pm
    Hosted by Supported by Flinders University, South Australia

    This is an intensive, four day training program designed to immerse you in the study of best practice approaches to acquired brain injury rehabilitation.

View events calendar