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.
The Latest from DARU
NDIS in Victoria
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
The 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
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
New to the Resource Library
The successful applicants of the first round of ILC National Readiness Grants have now been announced. total of 39 projects have been funded, across 36 organisations Of these, 15 projects are for Capacity Building for Mainstream, while 24 are for Community Capacity Building The average grant size is $376,000. The average was slightly higher for … Continue reading
The Code of Conduct is part of the new NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework and is been developed to ensure that all NDIS participants have the same protections, regardless of where they live in Australia. The Code of Conduct will outline expectations for providers and workers delivering supports under the NDIS and will outline the course … Continue reading
Metro Trains is committed to continuously introducing options to ensure an accessible journey for everyone. Customers with communication difficulty or disability will now be given another option for obtaining information through the introduction of a text messaging assistance service. The service will be launched as a 3 month trial from 1 May and will be available … Continue reading
At the end o 2016, Every Australia Counts community were invited to share their experiences of the NDIS in a survey. Thousands of people responded and this report card is based on the feedback received The results are a mixed bag – and there’s certainly room to do better. You let us know about what’s working with … Continue reading
In the News
over the Turnbull government’s plan to increase the Medicare levy to fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The mother of an intellectually disabled woman allegedly raped in care is suing for damages.
Group home 'hell': Open letter calls for royal commission into treatment of people with disabilitiesPublished: Wed 17th May, 2017
More than 100 prominent academics have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling for a royal commission into violence, abuse and neglect of people with a disability.
A string of senior executives from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) have resigned less than one year after the official roll out of the NDIS – which was marred by an initial IT fiasco and is now the subject of budget debate over the scheme’s future funding.
Federal budget: Medicare levy and taxes to fully fund National Disability Insurance Scheme Paul Karp, The Guardian Scott Morrison will tonight announce full funding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme beyond 2019, in a move that has forced the government to find an extra $6 billion in annual savings to meet the implementation costs. Big … Continue reading
Pill Wellington was a regular dad. Now his memory lasts 20 minutes. A major infection after a seemingly innocuous cut on his hand led to the father of three developing an acquired brain injury, and he now requires around the clock care.
- Thu 1st Jun, 2017
Hosted by Brain Injury Matters
Join us for afternoon tea and some brain injury culture.
- Fri 26th May, 2017
Time: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
Hosted by Peter Dhu
As leadership attributes go, courage is one of the big ones.
- Fri 26th May, 2017
Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Hosted by Violet Dhu
One of the most valuable interpersonal skills a person can have is the ability to deliver constructive and effective feedback.
- Fri 26th May, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Hosted by SARU, Start Community Art and Moe Life Skills Community Centre
The Power of Self Advocacy and New Wave are hosting a fun and an information sharing day as part of the Dangerous Deeds Exhibition and Tour.
- Tue 30th May, 2017 - Tue 27th Jun, 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.
- Tue 30th May, 2017
Hosted by Disability Services Consulting
This workshop is designed for organisations and individuals wanting to understand the fundamentals of this new, important support type, including: The four levels of Support Coordination: NDIS expectations of the roles and best practice Using the NDIS Participant Portal Understanding how much Support Coordination is being funded and for whom The resources available to answer … Continue reading .