Welcome to Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU)

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

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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.

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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.

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.



Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2016

NAB The Hall, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands

1 Sep 2016, 1:30-3:30pm: Rights Retrospective
Pre-conference event celebrating 30 years of funded disability advocacy in Victoria.

2 Sep 2016 9:30am-4:30pm: Putting rights centre stage
Main conference program featuring sessions on disability rights promotion, the role of advocacy in safeguarding against abuse and neglect, and applying a human rights-based approach to consumer-directed service delivery.

Find out more and register now!

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In the News

  • Councils back motion to have assistance dogs treated like guide dogs and exempted from registration

    Published: Mon 23rd May, 2016

    Boroondara Council recently presented a motion at Municipal Association of Victoria State Council meeting asking that assistance dogs, like the one that helps the Dehm family, be considered in the same light as guide dogs.

  • We must do more to help people with intellectual impairments stay out of prison

    Published: Tue 24th May, 2016

    People with cognitive and psychiatric impairments are over-represented in the prison system.People with cognitive and psychiatric impairments are at high risk of re-entering the justice system without receiving the crucial support they need, including assistance to reduce offending.

  • Tolerance (or the lack of it!)

    The Rebuttal is an Independent Ezine and website that aims to promote and create discussion about Deaf and hearing impaired issues. This post is an interesting account on the Deaf vs. hearing, signing vs. speech debate and the need for tolerance for different lived experiences of deafness.

  • VICSERV receive Public Advocate's Award 2016

    Published: Mon 23rd May, 2016

    Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV) was awarded the Public Advocate’s Award at its biennial conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre due to its long-standing work with services, their consumers, families and carers.

  • Australia is #NDISready - are you?

    Published: Thu 5th May, 2016

    With all states and territories now committed to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is calling on communities, businesses and people right across Australia to get #ndisready.

  • Police shooting victim left worse off after signing up to National Disability Insurance Scheme

    Published: Tue 24th May, 2016

    After signing up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme this year, Mr Crowley finds himself about $1000 a month worse off.

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Upcoming Events

  • Understanding Abuse and Staying Safe- Free Forums

    Mon 16th May, 2016
    Hosted by National Disability Services

    As part of the Zero Tolerance initiative, NDS Victoria has developed a suite of e-learning and training resources for direct support workers and supervisors, entitled ‘Understanding Abuse’.

  • Abuse and neglect is never OK: free forums for frontline disability support workers and people with disability

    Fri 13th May, 2016 - Fri 3rd Jun, 2016
    Hosted by NDS and

    People with disability and Victorian disability service providers have an opportunity to be the first in Australia to use new training resources aimed at increasing understanding of abuse and neglect and encouraging people to speak up.

  • Melbourne Housing Showcase

    Tue 31st May, 2016
    Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Hosted by NDIS

    Like all Australians, NDIS participants need access to affordable, appropriate and secure housing.

  • IR for the NDIS

    Tue 24th May, 2016 - Wed 15th Jun, 2016
    Hosted by NDS

    This workshop has been designed to ensure participants understand industrial relations considerations relevant to operating in the NDIS environment.

  • What makes organisations safe for children with disability? - Consultative Focus Group

    Fri 3rd Jun, 2016
    Time: 10:am - 2:00pm
    Hosted by People with Disability Australia (PWDA)

    People with Disability Australia is conducting focus groups as part of our work informing the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

  • Our Choice Expo - Metro

    Tue 7th Jun, 2016
    Time: 12:00noon - 7:00pm
    Hosted by VALID

    The Our Choice Expo has been successfully run over the last 3 years in Geelong with 97 exhibits recently in February 2016 and is now coming to Melbourne metro.

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