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

  • People With Severe Mental Illness Struggling With NDIS Transition

    Concerns have been raised that people with severe mental health issues are “falling through the gaps” of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, as the government has acknowledged transition problems exist for many participants of a psychosocial disabilities support program.

  • NDIS leaves black hole of abolished care services

    The $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme is on a collision course with state and federal agencies over “interface” problems with other systems such as health and aged care after revelations that a woman has spent 15 months in a hospital bed due to inaction.

  • Leading Learning 4 All website questioned by peak disability groups

    Disability organisations have hit out at a $646,000 project funded and endorsed by the federal government that one expert says shows “quite horrifying” examples of how to include children with disability in the classroom.

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