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.

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.



Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2016

NAB The Hall, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands

1 Sep 2016, 1:30-3:30pm: Rights Retrospective
Pre-conference event celebrating 30 years of funded disability advocacy in Victoria.

2 Sep 2016 9:30am-4:30pm: Putting rights centre stage
Main conference program featuring sessions on disability rights promotion, the role of advocacy in safeguarding against abuse and neglect, and applying a human rights-based approach to consumer-directed service delivery.

Find out more and register now!

New to the Resource Library

  • Supporting crosssSector learning and development survey

    Completing this survey will help to create a stronger, better educated, more flexible care and support sector. Dyson Consulting Group (DCG) has been engaged to innvestigate an effective learning and development model that includes activities aimed at learning new skills that improve performance in work or volunteer duties. This may include learning about safety, first … Continue reading

  • People with Acquired Brain Injury and the Victorian Justice System: Rights and Resources

    This guide is designed to help  understand the ‘hidden disability’, ABI, and the justice system. It describes ABI, then steps the reader through areas of the justice system such as interactions with police, working with legal representatives, understanding courts and court processes, prison, and community reintegration. Whatever point a person might be at within the … Continue reading

  • Confronting the Whitewashing Of Disability: Interview with #DisabilityTooWhite Creator Vilissa Thompson

    A new hashtag campaign has been making waves in the disability community and facilitating dialogue about how we see disability. #DisabilityTooWhite, a hashtag started by disability activist and blogger Vilissa Thompson, has been starting discussions in the disability community regarding the media visibility and representation of disabled people of color. At the same time, it … Continue reading

  • Border men with intellectual disabilities benefiting from car washing business

    WITH their bright blue caps and matching shirts featuring a natty logo, the Spongies Car Wash team appear to be just like any other professional work crew. But these blokes are not your average set of car washers – they have carved out a business niche in spite of their mild intellectual disabilities.

  • State Disability Plan 2017-2020 consultation

    This was the first session at the Advocacy Sector Conversations forum held on 23 June 2016 at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre. This session was dedicated to a consultation process to provide feedback for shaping the next State Disability Plan 2017-2020 The facilitators were Llewellyn Reynders, Policy Manager, and Carly Nowell, Policy Analyst from VCOSS. Continue reading

  • The Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide

    This was created to provide guidance on how best to address accessibility-related issues for people with cognitive disability in a media context. It has been designed to deliver practical, step-by-step information in order to enable best-practice web and digital communication to be prepared and then delivered in an inclusive and effective way. Examples of where … Continue reading

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In the News

  • NDIS rollout begins

    Published: Thu 30th Jun, 2016

    From 1 July, the phased implementation of the scheme will begin, and within a few years, nearly half a million Australians will be covered by the world’s leading insurance scheme. Hear what Alison Barton, Parent and carer, John Della BoscaNational Campaign Coordinator, Every Australian Counts, Therese Sands,Co-CEO, People with Disability Australia, Jim Simpson, Senior advocate, … Continue reading

  • Disability advocate wants fresh inquiry into central Victorian disability school

    Published: Wed 29th Jun, 2016

    Calls have been made for a fresh investigation into how students are being treated at the Bendigo Special Development School.

  • Disability funding reform 'disappoints' ethnic communities

    Published: Mon 27th Jun, 2016

    People from non-English speaking backgrounds say the National Disability Insurance Scheme does not address their needs. The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), the nation’s peak multicultural body, is disappointed with preparations for the NDIS so far.

  • Future Social Service Institute (FSSI) announced

    Published: Tue 14th Jun, 2016

    On Wednesday June 15th the Victorian Government announced $500,000 seed funding to establish the Future Social Service Institute A collaboration between the government, the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) and RMIT University, the Institute will put Victoria in the box seat ahead of significant change in the delivery of social service.

  • 3D printing lets the disabled take control

    Published: Wed 22nd Jun, 2016

    A young man with cerebral palsy customises his apps with only neck movements, a woman who can move just one finger uses a personalised joystick to control her wheelchair, and a man with a customised bionic eye sees better.

  • Uber regulation: Victorian Government strikes deal with Sex Party over ride-sharing legislation

    Published: Wed 22nd Jun, 2016

    Ride-booking service Uber is a step closer to being regulated in Victoria after a deal was struck between the State Government and the Sex Party.

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Upcoming Events

  • NDIS Understanding Workshops

    Mon 11th Jul, 2016
    Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
    Hosted by Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO)

    The NDIS Understanding workshop series is designed as ‘Train the Trainer’ sessions that will give service providers the up-to-date, detailed information and resources needed to better inform people with disability and families about the NDIS.

  • Disability Employment Conference 2016

    Wed 10th Aug, 2016
    Hosted by Disability Employment Australia

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

  • Exclusion and Embrace: Disability, Justice and Spirituality

    Sun 21st Aug, 2016
    Time: 9-5 and evening meals
    Hosted by Conference Secretariat provided by Uniting Church

    This multi-faith Australasian Conference reflects a growing interest in issues of faith, meaning and connectedness.

  • Strengthening Disability Advocacy conference 2016

    Thu 1st Sep, 2016
    Hosted by DARU

    The theme is Putting rights centre stage.

  • Life After School Expo

    Thu 15th Sep, 2016
    Hosted by Youth Disability advocacy Service (YDAS)

    This expo aims to highlight creative, positive post-school options for students with disabilities.

  • World Mental Health Day Expo

    Mon 10th Oct, 2016
    Hosted by Neami National Croydon

    Live performances from Full Mental Jacket and the Rock Road Choir Guest speaker mental health/LGBTI advocate and Greens Candidate, Jason Ball Free Health Checks from Inspiro Community Health Service Free Tai Chi workshop Delicious food available for purchase Children’s colouring competition Consumer art exhibition Stalls from mental health and wellbeing organisations.

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