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.
Advocacy Sector Conversations
The 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.
New to the Resource Library
The Australian Government is developing an Integrated Plan for Carer Support Services to better support and sustain the work of unpaid carers. We want to hear your views on the draft Service Concept. You can share your thoughts and ideas on the proposed Service Concept by making a written submission. Your input will inform development … Continue reading
The National Disability Awards (the Awards) are also held each year leading up to International Day of People with Disability celebrations. The Awards aim to honour and recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations that have improved the lives of people with disability and thereby contributed to increased recognition of equality and human rights for all … Continue reading
According to the Turnbull Government, if you are ‘able to get out of bed in the morning … you are not impaired enough to warrant being paid the Disability Support Pension’, says John Maycock.
“Australia prides itself on its diversity, but we are falling well short of the mark when it comes to providing equal opportunity for disabled people.”- says Tony Clark.
Disability discrimination still rife in Australian workplaces: Australian Network on Disability conference
Australians with a disability are twice as likely to be unemployed as those without a disability and young people are at greater risk of experiencing discrimination in the workplace, according to data from the Australian Human Rights Commission.
In the News
Boroondara Council recently presented a motion at Municipal Association of Victoria State Council meeting asking that assistance dogs, like the one that helps the Dehm family, be considered in the same light as guide dogs.
People with cognitive and psychiatric impairments are over-represented in the prison system.People with cognitive and psychiatric impairments are at high risk of re-entering the justice system without receiving the crucial support they need, including assistance to reduce offending.
The Rebuttal is an Independent Ezine and website that aims to promote and create discussion about Deaf and hearing impaired issues. This post is an interesting account on the Deaf vs. hearing, signing vs. speech debate and the need for tolerance for different lived experiences of deafness.
Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV) was awarded the Public Advocate’s Award at its biennial conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre due to its long-standing work with services, their consumers, families and carers.
With all states and territories now committed to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is calling on communities, businesses and people right across Australia to get #ndisready.
After signing up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme this year, Mr Crowley finds himself about $1000 a month worse off.
- Mon 16th May, 2016
Hosted by National Disability Services
As part of the Zero Tolerance initiative, NDS Victoria has developed a suite of e-learning and training resources for direct support workers and supervisors, entitled ‘Understanding Abuse’.
Abuse and neglect is never OK: free forums for frontline disability support workers and people with disabilityFri 13th May, 2016 - Fri 3rd Jun, 2016
Hosted by NDS and
People with disability and Victorian disability service providers have an opportunity to be the first in Australia to use new training resources aimed at increasing understanding of abuse and neglect and encouraging people to speak up.
- Tue 31st May, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Hosted by NDIS
Like all Australians, NDIS participants need access to affordable, appropriate and secure housing.
- Tue 24th May, 2016 - Wed 15th Jun, 2016
Hosted by NDS
This workshop has been designed to ensure participants understand industrial relations considerations relevant to operating in the NDIS environment.
- Fri 3rd Jun, 2016
Time: 10:am - 2:00pm
Hosted by People with Disability Australia (PWDA)
People with Disability Australia is conducting focus groups as part of our work informing the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
- Tue 7th Jun, 2016
Time: 12:00noon - 7:00pm
Hosted by VALID
The Our Choice Expo has been successfully run over the last 3 years in Geelong with 97 exhibits recently in February 2016 and is now coming to Melbourne metro.