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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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 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

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In the News

  • Government reversal on cuts to Community Legal Centres

    Published: Mon 24th Apr, 2017

    The federal government is to reverse its controversial funding cuts to Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in the upcoming budget – a move the community legal sector has described as a “huge relief”.

  • The Commissioner releases his Top 6

    Published: Tue 18th Apr, 2017

    Making sure the NDIS is rolled out fairly and equitably with direct input from people with disability is a priority for our Disability Commissioner Alastair McEwen over the next five years.

  • NDIS hiccups are expected, as with any large-scale social reform

    Published: Thu 20th Apr, 2017

    The agreement to launch the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in 2012 was met with great excitement. It also came with large expectations about the transformation this would bring in terms of services and outcomes for people with disability.

  • NDIA to Appeal Disability Transport Ruling as Test Case

    Published: Wed 19th Apr, 2017

    The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is to appeal a Federal Court decision over funding arrangements for transport costs under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, claiming it will be a test case for the future viability of the scheme.

  • The Evolution of Housing for People with Disabilities

    Published: Tue 11th Apr, 2017

    In follow up to the Summer Housing story on Lateline last week, George has written an article for Pro Bono News which highlights the importance of the disability and housing sectors working together so that people with disability can choose where they live, and who they live with. It points to the role that SDA … Continue reading

  • Farm provides services and farm skills for those living with a disability

    Published: Sun 9th Apr, 2017

    Providing engaging programs for people with disabilities can be a huge challenge but in north west Victoria one service is having success combining egg farming with therapy.

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Upcoming Events

  • Assertive Communication Skills for Women - MELBOURNE

    Fri 5th May, 2017
    Time: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
    Hosted by Violet Dhu

    Honest, genuine and authentic communication has been found to be the number one communication trait required for effective leadership.

  • Thinking and Speaking Off The Cuff - Melbourne

    Fri 5th May, 2017
    Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Hosted by Peter Dhu

    This half day workshop is designed to help you think and speak on your feet in situations that may arise unexpectedly, or without notice.

  • Thinking and Speaking Off The Cuff - Melbourne

    Fri 5th May, 2017
    Time: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
    Hosted by Peter Dhu

    This workshop is designed to help you think and talk on your feet in situations that may arise unexpectedly, or without notice.

  • NDIS information sessions - Gippsland

    Wed 26th Apr, 2017
    Hosted by NDIA

    The NDIS will become available in Inner Gippsland from 1 October 2017.

  • Homeshare: A More Personalised Accommodation Alternative

    Fri 12th May, 2017
    Time: 9.30am- 3.30pm
    Hosted by Belonging Matters

    The current accommodation options for people with a disability and others with support needs is often limited to living in a group home with others who share the same diagnosis, rather than being based on a person’s qualities or choice.

  • Prevention of Abuse

    Tue 16th May, 2017
    Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm
    Hosted by Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre

    This workshop is for professionals working in health, justice, advocacy, community services and disability who are interested in how to support disability support workers, people with a disability and their families prevent, identify and report abuse.

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