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,  host the Advocacy Sector Conversations forum series and the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference and provide other training opportunities to keep disability advocates informed and up-to-date about issues affecting people with disability in Victoria.

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Find an Advocate

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

  • Mental Health Supports in the NDIS: What's Changing?

    The Mental Health system in Australia has often been labelled as complex and difficult to navigate by consumers and health professionals alike. The NDIS and current mental health reforms have only exacerbated this complexity, leaving many asking about what NDIS will and won’t fund and what will happen to the programs it won’t.

  • Jordon Steele-John bringing lived experience with disability to Parliament in replacing Scott Ludlam

    The citizenship saga has cleared the path for the youngest-ever senator, Jordon Steele-John from Western Australia, to enter the Upper House, replacing Greens co-deputy Scott Ludlam. “I’ve spent the last six years talking about youth and disability issues and I’m incredibly excited to take that voice and lived experience into the Parliament.”

  • What Australian Media Forgot In The Diversity Debate

    Disability simply isn’t represented in Australian media and advertising. Yet disabled people make up 20% of the Australian community.

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