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

  • Two New Reports on the NDIS

    Only two-thirds to three-quarters of the money committed to National Disability Insurance Scheme participants is actually being spent, the latest quarterly report on the scheme reveals. The report by the National Disability Insurance Agency says that 119,501 people were being supported by the NDIS at the end of September.

  • Whittlesea Mayor Kris Pavlidis slammed for parking in disabled spot at Mill Park Library event

    New Whittlesea Mayor Kris Pavlidis has come under fire for parking in a designated disabled spot while attending the launch of a new cafe for people with intellectual disabilities.

  • Mental Health Supports in the NDIS: What's Changing?

    The Mental Health system in Australia has often been labelled as complex and difficult to navigate by consumers and health professionals alike. The NDIS and current mental health reforms have only exacerbated this complexity, leaving many asking about what NDIS will and won’t fund and what will happen to the programs it won’t.

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  • Jordon Steele-John bringing lived experience with disability to Parliament in replacing Scott Ludlam ow.ly/hh7x30gGgqd

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  • Want to Study Cert IV in Disability? you can get a scholarship! see here: ow.ly/veK630gwPgV