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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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

  • Productivity Commission lukewarm on NDIS implementation

    It also finds the NDIA’s approach to setting price caps to date has “hindered market development” by discouraging the provision of some disability supports. In some cases, this has “led to poor participant outcomes, especially for those with complex needs.” That’s policy speak for ‘has made life harder than necessary for people with a disability’.

  • Not-for-profit first to trial new GPS technology

    For the next eight months, Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station will be running a pilot program using existing beacon and GPS technology to connect to a navigation app on a blind person’s smartphone so they can be provided with audible directions in public spaces.

  • Productivity Commission reinforces concerns about rushed NDIS rollout

    The ambitious timetable, which the federal government has no plans to extend, has led to the personalised support planning process being done quickly over the phone by staff with limited expertise due to its being outsourced. The goal is to get as many people on NDIS as possible, then worry about how well their needs are being met later.

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