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 and provide training opportunities to keep disability advocates informed and up-to-date about issues affecting people with disability in Victoria. DARU also hosts regular professional development events including;

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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

  • GPs’ role in navigating the NDIS continues to be overlooked

    One of the major issues Associate Professor Davis has encountered with the NDIS planning process has been a lack of communication between practitioners and the scheme, which can result in inefficiencies.

  • Rethinking ‘thin markets’ in the NDIS: introducing the market capacity framework

    Yet we are seeing markets emerge with insufficient providers or capacity to meet demand and ensure competition takes place. This has led to debates about ‘thin markets’ — a term used in various ways by different stakeholders to describe market deficiencies ranging from low numbers of providers to immature markets to market failure.

  • NDIS cut-off age 'must change' to fix 'terrible gap' in the system

    But Ms Steggall said the current system has meant “very real discrimination” against older Australians with these support services failing to meet the demands of those in need. “Clearly this arbitrary age of 65 is not working – a lot of people are falling through the gap and not getting the adequate level of care,” she said.

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  • The SDA Innovation Plan is now available. The plan outlines the activities the NDIA will undertake over the next 18… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  • Have your say on NDIS pricing-related matters. The Annual Price Review 2020–21 will examine whether the existing pr… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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  • Registrations open for Mental Health Across the Lifespan Conference 2020. The Conference will explore ways to trans… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…