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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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

  • Design for Dignity

    Ensuring that your employees, customers and stakeholders are able to access your premises, products and services in a safe, equitable and dignified way is an integral part of being a disability confident organisation. Design for Dignity assists organisations to build dignified access into their upfront design, as well as mapping out practical strategies to improve existing … Continue reading

  • Victorian Disability Advocacy Program Review

    In August 2015 the Department of Health and Human Services commenced a review of the Victorian Disability Advocacy Program to look at the effectiveness of the current advocacy models and examine the benefits and risks emerging from a range of inquiries and policy reform including the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The department has produced a … Continue reading

  • Survey to measure compliance with Disability Standards for Education 2005 and inclusion experience

    The idea of this survey is to rate how well mainstream schools and pre-schools (including Kindergartens) are meeting their obligations under the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (DSE), which have been formulated under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth) and more broadly, the inclusion experience. This survey should only be completed in relation to students … Continue reading

  • Unmet need for independent disability advocacy: 2016 survey

    DANA is the national representative body for a network of advocacy organisations throughout Australia. It’s mission is to strengthen and support these disability advocacy organisations across the country. Our members believe that gaps exist in the provision of advocacy due to a range of factors i.e. lack of funding, lack of advocacy hours, restricted ability … Continue reading

  • NDIS Survey 2016

    DANA is the national representative body for a network of advocacy organisations throughout Australia. Their mission is to strengthen and support disability advocacy organisations across the country. DANA is calling on advocates to share their experiences with the National Disability Insurance Scheme by completing this survey. Your responses will help identify challenges and opportunities that can be … Continue reading

  • The hidden story of sexual abuse

    Jane Rosengrave has an intellectual disability and takes Lateline back to the institution in regional Victoria where she claims she was sexually abused by multiple perpetrators.

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Upcoming Events

  • Independent Mobility Expo

    Mon 5th Dec, 2016
    Time: 1pm- 4pm
    Hosted by City of Boroondara

    Raising Awareness of transport options for people with all abilities and mobility requirements..

  • Choose Your Own Film Festival

    Mon 5th Dec, 2016
    Hosted by Moonee Valley Council

    This event is part of the program marking International Day of People with Disability.

  • The ins and outs of co-design

    Tue 6th Dec, 2016
    Time: 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM AEDT
    Hosted by VCOSS and Bank Australia

    You are invited to participate in this forum exploring co-design theory and practice Co-design begins with people – their experiences, perspectives, values, challenges and understandings.

  • Human Rights Oration 2016

    Wed 7th Dec, 2016
    Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Hosted by Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

    Access, diversity and inclusion in employment is the theme for this year’s Oration.

  • Re-imagining Disability In Australia

    Fri 9th Dec, 2016
    Time: 6:00-8:30Pm
    Hosted by Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group

    Graeme Innes AM, the wellknown disability advocate, former Human Rights Commissioner and public figure, is our speaker on “Reimagining  Disability in Australia”.

  • Celebrate International Day of People with Disability

    Fri 9th Dec, 2016
    Time: 12:30-1:30pm
    Hosted by Department of Premier and Cabinet and VPC Continuous Improvement and Innovation Network

    You are invited to celebrate this important day with an interesting lunchtime seminar with Graeme Innes AM – Board Director, Human Rights Activist, Cricket Tragic and Sailor and other guests including: AMAZE – Victoria’s peak body for people on the autism spectrum and their supporters in Victoria.

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