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;

dialogue speech bubbles icon  Advocacy Sector Conversations forum series and

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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

  • Members of the NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation Reference Group announced

    "The purpose of the SDA reference group is to represent participants, providers, investors and other key stakeholders, and to support and promote the development of the SDA market as we implement reforms announced in February, improving choice and control for participants.

  • NDIA's Geelong headquarters open

    THE latest addition to central Geelong’s skyline and economy is officially open, with the headquarters for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) now up and running. The NDIA is the agency responsible for administering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the headquarters leads by example when it comes to accessibility, including wider access to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters, self-opening and closing doors to cater for staff with varying abilities, integrated braille signage, meeting rooms with hearing loops and kitchens with accessible sinks.

  • $6.5 million to improve advocacy for NDIS participants

    “This increased funding for advocacy services will support people with disability and help deliver National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) decisions that are fair and robust,” Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher said. “While the focus of NDIS Appeals is advocacy support, funding for legal services is available for cases with complex legal issues, or where the applicant does not have the capacity to self-represent.”

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