About DARU

DARU is unique in Australia as a dedicated resource unit funded to work with disability advocacy organisations to promote and protect the rights of people with disability. We develop and distribute resources and provide training opportunities to keep disability advocates informed and up-to-date about issues affecting people with disability in Victoria. DARU also hosts regular professional development events including;

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Directory of organisations for agencies delivering disability advocacy as well as complaints bodies, campaigners, support groups and useful referral and information services.

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Info sheet with overview of advocacy  types, what disability advocates do, why we need advocacy, shifting social models and how advocacy is funded in Victoria.

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In the news

  • Dismantling the barriers that hold back disabled students

    Many tertiary institutions employ own disability liaison officers. Other DLOs are employed regionally and shared across campuses, especially in the TAFE sector.

  • The 'diversity trend' taking over global offices

    Just one in three Australian businesses hire people with a disability, despite most claiming they were willing to do so, according to a study of over 1200 businesses by the Department of Social Services. Tom Mangan, General Manager – Workforce Solutions at Community Solutions, said that as a Disability Employment Services his team are always working to overcome these barriers.

  • Canberra man with disability trapped and abused in wheelchair cab by driver files human rights complaint

    Mr Higgins, who has quadriplegia, said the driver blamed him for reporting a broken lift, which had caused the cab to be taken off the road for repairs and lost income. Mr Higgins, through his lawyer Sam Tierney, filed a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission against the driver and the ACT Government.

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