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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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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  • NDIS’s ‘very cold’ attitude leaves parents of disabled boys outraged

    The parents of two boys with disabilities say they were shocked with how the NDIS responded to their request for funding for basic equipment. “I didn’t realise we’d have to walk over 10 kilometres of broken glass just to try and get a couple of things to help.”

  • NDIS posing problems for local participants

    The South West Advocacy Service, the regional organisation funded to handle appeals against NDIS decisions, said it had been kept busy with clients who had problems with the new system.  Its executive officer Adele Markwell said it appeared there was little consistency in decisions about who qualified for an NDIS plan. Some people qualified while others with similar issues did not, she said. “There are a lot of people out there with mild disability who have had support workers for many years and are now being told they are on their own,” Ms Markwell said.

  • You want a Mercedes Benz plan but your child is only eligible for a Mini Minor': Inside NDIS review 'hell'

    Her son's claim has been under review for 15 months and she said the experience had caused "momentous stress". "The wheels began to fall off" when she was told she would only receive funding for one of her son's disabilities. 

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