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.
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NDIS in Victoria
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.
For research and resources on ‘what works’ for NDIS participants and service providers, visit the Centre for Applied Disability Research’s Disability Knowledge Clearing House.
Advocacy Sector Conversations
The 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.
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 this year’s conference. We’ve also found some talks by advocates that you might find interesting. Check out the DARU channel on YouTube
New to the Resource Library
The National Disability Conference Initiative aims to assist eligible conference organisers to maximise the inclusion and participation of people with disability at nationally focused disability-related conferences in Australia. Total funding of $315,000 is available for conferences held between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. Within this funding, up to $10,000 is available for each … Continue reading
Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) is all about inclusion of people with disability. It is about creating connections between people with disability and their communities. The objective of the ILC National Readiness Grants is to support projects aligned to the ILC Policy and the ILC Commissioning Framework that will build the capacity and readiness of … Continue reading
The aim of developing a strategic framework for sport and recreation in Victoria is to strengthen the system and identify how the broader economic, health and community benefits arising from the sector can be maximised. This framework will set out the outcomes the Victorian Government wants to achieve through sport and recreation. A discussion paper and background … Continue reading
The NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework provides a nationally consistent approach to help empower and support NDIS participants to exercise choice and control, while ensuring appropriate safeguards are in place and establishes expectations for providers and their staff to deliver high quality supports. The NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework is designed to ensure high quality … Continue reading
In the News
Treasurer Scott Morrison has threatened to increase taxes if a raft of welfare cuts worth billions of dollars are blocked by the Senate. The government expected to generate $5.6 billion in savings through its welfare omnibus bill — which appears certain to fail — earmarking $1.6 billion for childcare fee subsidies and the remaining $4 … Continue reading
Putting aside the facts I am neither funny enough nor adept enough at Photoshop to have doctored the images, the ABC’s initial response was concerning. The mix-up — a mismatch of video and captions — is actually one which occurs regularly on iview for those using the closed captioning services.
Tying the omnibus savings bill to NDIS funding was cynical. I wasn’t surprised – we disabled are used to being treated with contempt by this government.
A unity ticket which had placed the National Disability Insurance Scheme beyond politics has been shredded, with the Turnbull government accused of “holding the disabled to ransom” and Labor refusing to admit the $22 billion scheme lacks $4 billion in funding.
The NDIS is not welfare and should not be considered a burden by the government, gold medallist Kurt Fearnley says, after yesterday’s announcement its funding is contingent on savings from welfare cuts.
A ferocious argument has erupted between the Federal Government and Opposition over the funding for the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
- Sat 4th Mar, 2017
Time: 10am - 12pm
Hosted by Cerebral Palsy Support Network
Make friends, hang out and join the squad! We’re holding a FREE Social Squad ‘Come & Try’ session in Ballarat on March 4.
- Tue 7th Mar, 2017
Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Hosted by Corporate Communication Experts
This workshop is designed to help you think and talk on your feet in situations that may arise unexpectedly, or without notice.
- Wed 22nd Feb, 2017 - Tue 21st Nov, 2017
Hosted by DARU
This forum series provides a space for advocates to gain practical information and share knowledge by participating in topical, interactive sessions.
- Fri 24th Feb, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
The “SexED UP Expo” is for adults living with a disability, their partners, family, current and future Health, Community and Disability sector workers and those with an interest in this area.
- Fri 24th Feb, 2017
Hosted by Job Access
JobAccess is the national hub for workplace and employment information for people with disability, employers and service providers. This webinar will focus on the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) and how to apply and highlight case studies of JobAccess in action Heather Hill, Team Leader JobAccess, will present this webinar.
- Tue 21st Feb, 2017
Hosted by Supported by Flinders University, South Australia
This is an intensive, four day training program designed to immerse you in the study of best practice approaches to acquired brain injury rehabilitation.