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

  • DARU Update - 27 March 2017

  • NDIS readiness for advocates

    The NDIS is rolling out across Victoria giving thousands the opportunity to start new plans for the first time while investigating local support options. Catherine McAlpine, Manager Disability Loop at AFDO introduced a new ‘Tip Sheet’ for the planning process and provided some perspectives on the Local Area Coordinators and the Service Coordination roles at the NDIS. Continue reading

  • DARU Update - 20 March 2017

  • Absolutely Everyone: State disability plan 2017-2020

    Absolutely everyone: state disability plan 2017-2020 started on 1 January 2017. Mark Feigan, Senior Policy Officer and Angela Healy, Manager from the Office for Disability provided an overview of the new plan which was followed by Q&As and small group discussions to explore how the plan might be used as an advocacy tool. Continue reading

  • 'Zero Tolerance’ of abuse: Response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services

    Zero Tolerance’ of abuse in disability services is the focus of the Victorian Government’s response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services. The response was tabled in Parliament on 26 November 2016. Anna Guglielmucci, Assistant Director and Vanessa Stevens-Downie, Principal Policy Officer, Safeguarding and Disability Supports, DHHS provided an update on implementation of the response and discussed opportunities for collaboration with the advocacy sector. Mary Mallet, CEO at Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) was present in the audience and obligingly presented an overview of the recently released NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework. Continue reading

  • Political citizenship of people with intellectual disability podcast

    In episode two of the ASID podcast series we bring you the highlights of the “Putting rights into practice: Political citizenship and people with intellectual disability” seminar. The event was held in November 2016 and was a partnership between ASID, Inclusion Melbourne and the Living with Disability Research Centre at LaTrobe University. Sophia Tipping, Living … Continue reading

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In the News

  • Fears life-saving mental health support at risk for thousands of Australians

    Published: Thu 23rd Mar, 2017

    Jane* has lived with severe depression and anxiety for the last 15 years outside a small town in rural Victoria.

  • NDIS housing rules for people with a disability could be life-changing

    Published: Thu 23rd Mar, 2017

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Rules were tabled in federal parliament in mid-March. The new rules offer the possibility of an inclusive Australian society that enables those people with the highest disability-related support needs to have equal access to mainstream services including housing.

  • Disability groups unite against mobility allowance cuts

    Published: Tue 21st Mar, 2017

    They argued the current mobility allowance was already “inadequate” to cover the full cost of transport for many people. “This bill will make things much harder, with very little savings for the government,” the group said in the statement.

  • Bullied: Chloe (ep.2)

    Published: Tue 21st Mar, 2017

    A ABC documentary tackling the issues of bullying in schools. This episode follows the story of Chloe, a girl with a disability, experiencing bullying at her mainstream school and the experimental process of trying to stop the bullying and change the culture of the school. Caution: Distressing content, viewer discretion advised.

  • Disability Groups Unite Against Mobility Allowance Cuts

    Published: Tue 21st Mar, 2017

    In a joint statement released on Tuesday, the group of more than 25 different organisations, called on senators to block the mobility allowance bill that is currently before the Senate.

  • Disability groups stand together against transport cuts

    Published: Tue 21st Mar, 2017

    National and state disability groups have come together to campaign against proposed cuts to the Mobility Allowance for people with disability, and today released a joint statement outlining their concerns. “The changes, put forward by the Federal Government, will leave many people with disability without access to the transport they need to go to work, … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events

  • Dulcie Stone Writers Competition

    Thu 16th Mar, 2017
    Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm
    Hosted by VALID

    The inaugural Dulcie Stone Writers Competition will be an annual writing prize open to people with intellectual disability.

  • Towards a better life

    Wed 29th Mar, 2017
    Time: 9:00am - 4:30 pm
    Hosted by Belonging Matters

    This 2 day event will inspire participants to reflect on the value of obtaining a ‘good life’ and consider how we may support people who may have been marginalised or disadvantaged to have better lives and greater involvement in their communities.

  • Professor Tony Attwood seminars

    Thu 30th Mar, 2017 - Fri 31st Mar, 2017
    Hosted by South West Disability Network

    Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism spectrum disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975.

  • Medical review process first experiences - co-design workshop

    Thu 30th Mar, 2017 - Fri 31st Mar, 2017
    Hosted by VicRoads

    VicRoads customers with first-hand experience of the Medical Review process are invited to participate in this workshop to explore the awareness, education and first notification experience of the VicRoads Medical Review Process.

  • Sex, sexuality and the rights of people with disability

    Tue 4th Apr, 2017
    Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Hosted by University of Melbourne Disability Research Initiative and RMIT University

    Disability activists, people with lived experience of disability, and academics will come together to discuss their perspectives on the rights of people with disability in relation to sex, sexuality and relationships, with an emphasis on challenges and priorities for research and advocacy.

  • NDIS Understanding workshops

    Wed 22nd Mar, 2017 - Tue 11th Apr, 2017
    Hosted by Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) Disability Loop

    The NDIS Understanding workshop series is  for people with disability and their families. Funding received through the Victorian Government’s NDIS Transition Support Package means the workshops can be run free of charge across key regional areas in Victoria over the next few months. The sessions kick off in Ballarat then, early next year, coming to Bendigo, Horsham and Wodonga.

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