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
Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2017
14 Sep 2017, 2:00-4:30pm: Defiant Lives
Pre-conference screening – introduces the world to the most impressive activists you’ve never heard of and tells the story of the rise and fight of the disability rights movement in the United States, Britain and Australia. Featuring
15 Sep 2016 9:30am-5:00pm: Gearing up for the NDIS journey
This conference features a keynote address and facilitated panel discussions looking back on the journey so far, how well the principles of choice and control are being embedded in NDIS policies and processes and what road blocks to avoid on the road ahead
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
Applications for the 2018-20 Triennium will open on Monday 19 June 2017. Further information is provided below regarding the program focus, funding guidelines and application process. Applications for SPP funding for the 2018-20 Triennium must be aligned with Victorian Government policies and DET strategic priorities, as outlined in the Strategic Partnerships Program 2018-20 Funding Guidelines. … Continue reading
The NDIS is the right reform for Australia; but the scale and complexity of implementation is placing enormous pressure on all stakeholders. Some of this pressure is an inevitable consequence of large-scale change, but some is avoidable. The road to the NDIS is rougher and riskier than it needs to be. In this paper, NDS … Continue reading
This position paper outlines the Commission’s early thinking on NDIS costs. The purpose of this position paper is to seek feedback on the Commission’s preliminary conclusions, and on any additional issues that should be considered before the public release of the final study report. This position paper was released on 14 June 2017. You are … Continue reading
If you are between 16 and 25 and interested in advocating for culturally diverse young people and developing your skills as an emerging leader – apply now to become a member of Victoria’s Multicultural Youth Network (MYN). The MYN engages in discussion and liaises with the Victorian Government on issues and initiatives that affect young … Continue reading
Changing Places Funding Round 2017 is now open Funding of up to $100,000 (plus GST) will be provided to support local councils and not-for-profit organisations to construct a Changing Places facility. Changing Places facilities are larger than standard accessible toilets, and have extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with a … Continue reading
In the News
Medical and welfare groups are strongly opposing a federal government move to strip disability benefits from people whose health problems were caused solely by their own substance abuse.
Students with disabilities should be removed from mainstream classrooms because they are putting a strain on teachers and schools, One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has told parliament.
Disability advocates and politicians have slammed One Nation senator Pauline Hanson’s call for children with autism and disabilities to be removed from mainstream classrooms, saying the “hurtful” idea would amount to “segregation”.
Key points: 26 independent schools for children with special needs will receive extra funding under Gonski 2.0 Funding for children with special needs in public schools will double by 2027 Labor claims the real rise is only equivalent to $100 million a year
If the government’s proposed changes go through the parliament this week, then from 1 July people with severe impairments caused by alcohol or drug dependence applying for the DSP will be diverted on to income support and required to meet all the necessary job search obligations. This is despite most not being able to look … Continue reading
A BOY, 6, with autism is taking the National Disability Insurance Scheme to court as he fights for his assistance dog, a black labradoodle called Betty. Henry Lee has been denied disability support for Betty despite the agency funding autism assistance dogs in QLD and SA.
- Fri 21st Jul, 2017
Time: 1pm - 6pm
Hosted by National Disability Coordination Officer Program
What are your skills and interests? What are you good at? How can you turn this into an education or career pathway? This EXPO event will highlight and connect young people and adults with disabilities to the range of Education and Employment service and supports in the Eastern Region of Melbourne.
- Tue 25th Jul, 2017
Time: 10.00am - 2.30pm
Hosted by Autism Family Support Association
The Autism Family Support Association – AFSA – is the voice for Victorian parents, carers and families of individuals with autism/autism spectrum disorder (ASD). AFSA’s purpose is to assist and support individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder by providing emotional and practical support for parents, carers and families..
- Wed 16th Aug, 2017
Time: All day
Hosted by Belonging Matters'
Community is an important place.
- Wed 6th Sep, 2017
Time: full day program
Hosted by Disability Employment Australia
This conference is Australasia’s premier conference for managers, practitioners, and academics working in or with the Disability Employment Services sector.
- Tue 12th Sep, 2017
Time: 9am – 5pm
Hosted by Disability Services Commissioner
The Victorian Government’s response to the 2016 Parliamentary Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services listed a number of measures designed to strengthen the oversight of disability services as part of the transition to the NDIS.
- Thu 14th Sep, 2017 - Fri 15th Sep, 2017
Hosted by DARU
Getting into gear for the NDIS journey Save the date! This conference is for anyone who is interested in strengthening and upholding the rights of people with disability.