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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Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2017

flame icon14 Sep 2017, 2:00-4:30pm: Defiant Lives 
Pre-conference screening – introduces the world to the most impressive activists you’ve never heard of and tells the story of the rise and fight of the disability rights movement in the United States, Britain and Australia. Featuring

15 Sep 2016 9:30am-5:00pm: Gearing up for the NDIS journey
This conference features a keynote address and facilitated panel discussions looking back on the journey so far, how well the principles of choice and control are being embedded in NDIS policies and processes and what road blocks to avoid on the road ahead

Find out more and register

Advocacy Sector Conversations

dialog iconThe aim of this forum series is to discuss matters which directly impact on the practice of disability. Dates for 2017 are 22 February, 18 May and 21 November.  Forum resources include summary, links to resources mentioned, transcript and audio and, in 2017 we introduce live-streaming videos. Go to 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 the 2016 Strengthening Disability Advocacy  conference.  We’ve also found some talks by advocates that you may find interesting. Check out the DARU channel on YouTube

New to the Resource Library

  • DARU Update - 26 June 2017


  • Strategic Partnerships Program 2018-20 Triennium

    Applications for the 2018-20 Triennium will open on Monday 19 June 2017. Further information is provided below regarding the program focus, funding guidelines and application process. Applications for SPP funding for the 2018-20 Triennium must be aligned with Victorian Government policies and DET strategic priorities, as outlined in the Strategic Partnerships Program 2018-20 Funding Guidelines. … Continue reading

  • How to get the NDIS on track

    The NDIS is the right reform for Australia; but the scale and complexity of implementation is placing enormous pressure on all stakeholders. Some of this pressure is an inevitable consequence of large-scale change, but some is avoidable. The road to the NDIS is rougher and riskier than it needs to be. In this paper, NDS … Continue reading

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs: position paper

    This position paper outlines the Commission’s early thinking on NDIS costs. The purpose of this position paper is to seek feedback on the Commission’s preliminary conclusions, and on any additional issues that should be considered before the public release of the final study report. This position paper was released on 14 June 2017. You are … Continue reading

  • Applications for the Multicultural Youth Network are open!

    If you are between 16 and 25 and interested in advocating for culturally diverse young people and developing your skills as an emerging leader – apply now to become a member of Victoria’s Multicultural Youth Network (MYN). The MYN engages in discussion and liaises with the Victorian Government on issues and initiatives that affect young … Continue reading

  • Changing Places Funding Round 2017 is now open

    Changing Places Funding Round 2017 is now open Funding of up to $100,000 (plus GST) will be provided to support local councils and not-for-profit organisations to construct a Changing Places facility. Changing Places facilities are larger than standard accessible toilets, and have extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with a … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events

  • Strength Based Career Planning and Information

    Fri 21st Jul, 2017
    Time: 1pm - 6pm
    Hosted by National Disability Coordination Officer Program

    What are your skills and interests? What are you good at? How can you turn this into an education or career pathway? This EXPO event will highlight and connect young people and adults with disabilities to the range of Education and Employment service and supports in the Eastern Region of Melbourne.

  • “Unpacking Elements of the NDIS”

    Tue 25th Jul, 2017
    Time: 10.00am - 2.30pm
    Hosted by Autism Family Support Association

    The Autism Family Support Association – AFSA – is the voice for Victorian parents, carers and families of individuals with autism/autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  AFSA’s purpose is to assist and support individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder by providing emotional and practical support for parents, carers and families..

  • Belonging Matters' Conference 2017

    Wed 16th Aug, 2017
    Time: All day
    Hosted by Belonging Matters'

    Community is an important place.

  • Disability Employment Australia Conference 2017: The future is what we make it

    Wed 6th Sep, 2017
    Time: full day program
    Hosted by Disability Employment Australia

    This conference is Australasia’s premier conference for managers, practitioners, and academics working in or with the Disability Employment Services sector.

  • Preventing and Responding to Abuse: Guidance for Victorian disability service providers

    Tue 12th Sep, 2017
    Time: 9am – 5pm
    Hosted by Disability Services Commissioner 

    The Victorian Government’s response to the 2016 Parliamentary Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services listed a number of measures designed to strengthen the oversight of disability services as part of the transition to the NDIS.

  • Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2017

    Thu 14th Sep, 2017 - Fri 15th Sep, 2017
    Hosted by DARU

    Getting into gear for the NDIS journey Save the date! This conference is for anyone who is interested in strengthening and upholding the rights of people with disability.

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