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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.

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NDIS in Victoria

NDIS logo 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

dialog iconThe 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.

Find out more and register now!

New to the Resource Library

  • Podcast: Who’s missing out on the NDIS?

    Despite the $22-billion-per-year scheme, not all Australians with disability will benefit – some will be eligible but won’t receive the support they are entitled to, while others simply aren’t covered despite having “significant and ongoing support needs”. This is the second of a 3 part series on the NDIS.

  • NDIS and the National Auslan Interpreting Booking Payment Service

    The National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service (NABS) is funded by the Australian Government to provide Auslan Interpreters free of charge to people who use sign language to communicate and would like to book an interpreter for private health care appointments. This is for all health care appointment, with the exception of public hospitals … Continue reading

  • Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) Payment Scheme

    The Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) Payment Scheme (the scheme) is open for registration and application. The scheme will provide a one-off payment to eligible supported employees of Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) who have been paid a pro-rata wage assessed using BSWAT. The scheme is entirely voluntary. Some participants may be required to seek … Continue reading

  • DARU Update - 18 July 2016

  • The Inclusion Hub: A toolkit for navigating NDIS

    This new online tool supports Australian families, communities and practitioners with the resources they need to take control of their journey with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). With the NDIS now being rolled out across Australia, it’s important that early childhood intervention providers, families and our communities know how to navigate it. ECIA’s early childhood … Continue reading

  • ILC Consultations - Summary Report

    The NDIA released a consultation draft of the ILC Commissioning Framework (the Framework) in December 2015. The Framework outlined the NDIA’s plans for rolling out ILC. Between February and April 2016, the NDIA talked with people about the ideas in the ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft. These discussions were designed to increase understanding of … Continue reading

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In the News

  • Disability service standards at risk

    Published: Wed 20th Jul, 2016

    Disability service providers who most need to upgrade staff training may not do so because of the costs under the NDIS structure, a child protection expert warns. Sally Robinson, senior research fellow at the Centre for Children and Young People, said on Wednesday she worried the “opt-in” NDIS system meant providers could choose adding skill-based … Continue reading

  • UN asked to investigate 'abuses' of disabled students in Australian schools

    Published: Thu 21st Jul, 2016

    The United Nations has been asked to investigate dozens of incidents in which children with disabilities were allegedly assaulted, locked in dark rooms and restrained in Australian schools. The request, which was made on behalf of 55 families by a group of disability organisations, cited “widespread and grave” violations of students’ human rights.

  • Uncertainty continues for institution's residents as NDIS approaches

    Published: Wed 20th Jul, 2016

    The closure of Bendigo’s institution for people with severe disabilities is almost complete, but there is continued uncertainty about how the former residents will be cared for once the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolled out. The Sandhurst Centre in North Bendigo is being closed and its 30 residents are being moved into five … Continue reading

  • NDIS 'a new risk' for disabled kids

    Published: Sun 19th Jun, 2016

    Children with disabilities could face new risks under the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a national inquiry has been told. Gail Furness, SC, counsel assisting the royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse, said greater choice and control under the NDIS, which is being rolled out across the nation, means “the … Continue reading

  • Abuse hearing takes NDIS focus

    Published: Tue 19th Jul, 2016

    The child sex abuse royal commission will spend two days hearing from government agencies and NGOs on the quality of services provided to keep children with disabilities safe in institutions.The panel evidence starting on Tuesday follows a week-long examination of three organisations – Gold Coast FSG in Queensland and Mater Dei School and The Disability … Continue reading

  • Autism advocacy and support service launched in Bendigo

    Published: Mon 18th Jul, 2016

    PEOPLE with lived experience of autism are driving a new advocacy organisation that has launched in Bendigo. The Bendigo Autistic Advocacy and Support Service has set up shop in Wills Street, along with disability support provider Distinctive Options.

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Upcoming Events

  • Eastern Disability Action Group- Open Morning

    Mon 1st Aug, 2016
    Time: 10:00-12:00pm
    Hosted by Eastern Disability Action Group

    Eastern Disability Action Group invites all people interested in disability issues to an Open morning: Guest speakers: Danielle Green, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria John Kenwright, Access & Inclusion Coordinator Parks Victoria who will talk about Inclusive Parks and the TrailRider wheelchair Light refreshments provided Please register your interest with Woody … Continue reading .

  • Building Inclusive Communities Forum 1: Greater Expectations

    Tue 2nd Aug, 2016
    Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
    Hosted by Victorian Inclusive Community Development Network/VALID

    The morning sessions will include presentations from: Professor Joe Graffam, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Training), Deakin University Dariane Mc Lean, Convenor, Behaviours of Concern Peer Action Group & Advocate VALID Eva Sifis, Performer and Advocate Richard Stone, Manager, Community Services, City of Warrnambool The afternoon will be a ‘Community of Practice’ workshop introduced by … Continue reading .

  • Understanding Abuse and Staying Safe- Free Forums

    Wed 3rd Aug, 2016
    Time: 10:00-1:00pm
    Hosted by National Disability Services

    ‘Understanding Abuse’ and ‘Staying Safe’ forum for people with disability, direct support workers and supervisors.

  • NDIS information sessions for carers, people with intellectual disability and children

    Wed 3rd Aug, 2016 - Wed 26th Oct, 2016
    Hosted by Maribyrnong City Council

    The roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the biggest reforms in the disability sector.

  • Safeguarding for Boards of Management

    Wed 3rd Aug, 2016
    Time: 5:00-7:00pm
    Hosted by NDS/VALID

    This practical forum will provide an overview of the Zero Tolerance Framework and a range of resources available to support organisations to strengthen rights-based practice.

  • Disability Employment Conference 2016

    Wed 10th Aug, 2016
    Hosted by Disability Employment Australia

    Australia’s Disability Employment Conference is Australasia’s premier conference for managers, aspiring managers, practitioners, and academics working in or with the Disability Employment Services sector.

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