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

  • Children and women with disabilities, more likely to face discrimination

    “Children with disabilities are among the most marginalised groups in society. If society continues to see the disability before it sees the child, the risk of exclusion and discrimination remains,” Georgina Thompson, a media consultant for UNICEF, told IPS.

  • Hotline data released – hundreds report abuse of people with disability in government-funded services

    Australian Government has released the National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline data. There were 472 reported cases of abuse and neglect of people with disability in government-funded services between July 2016 and June 2018 – more than one every two days. Social Services Minister Dan Tehan did not put out a media statement announcing the release of the data. He has refused to answer a number of questions about it.

  • Big step forward for SDA tenant rights in Victoria

    The Bill creates a special section in the State's Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) for SDA residencies. This means that from 1 July 2019, all tenancies in the state are covered by the same legislation. The changes will be relevant to all SDA residents, whether they are funded through the NDIS or the Commonwealth's Continuity of Support Program.

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