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,  host the Advocacy Sector Conversations forum series and the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference and provide other training opportunities to keep disability advocates informed and up-to-date about issues affecting people with disability in Victoria.

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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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What is disability advocacy?

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

  • Stephen Hawking has passed away at age 76

    As remarkable as he was, in an almost unbelievable coincidence his life was also bookended by genius: he was born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s death and passed away on the 139th anniversary of Einstein’s birth. Professor Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at 21, never let his disability affect his curiosity and desire to learn, dedicating his life to study the universe and its origins.

  • Mind the Gap report highlights NDIS inconsistencies

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is failing most people with severe mental illness, according to Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse. The clubhouse’s Advisory Committee chair Bob Boss-Walker said mental health consumers were applying for the NDIS but being rejected because they didn’t meet the criteria.

  • NDIS contractors not equipped to deal with complex, emotional cases, insider says

    New figures show nearly 1,000 labour hire employees are working for the NDIS. Third-party companies are being thrown tens of millions of dollars to employ these staff. But the public sector union claims some of the workers have no background in disability services, and are paid "significantly less than the public servant sitting next to them".

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