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

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.

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

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

  • Adoption Act: Consultation Paper now available

    In December 2015 the Attorney-General asked the Commission to provide recommendations to government on the modernisation of the Adoption Act 1984 and the Adoption Regulations 2008. This consultation paper provides information about the operation of adoption law in Victoria, and asks questions inviting the public to respond. Matters under review include: Ensuring children’s best interests … Continue reading

  • Securing their future

    Caring for a person who has a decision-making disability can be both challenging and rewarding, however, you may be naturally concerned about what will happen, once you are no longer able to care for them. This guide has been created to help you put in place some safeguards to ensure the person with disability you … Continue reading

  • DARU Update - 22 August 2016

  • Fairer Safer Housing - Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997

    The review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA) is a critical part of the Government’s broader Fairer Safer Housing work program, and will ensure that regulation of Victoria’s rental sector is appropriate to meet the needs and expectations of tenants and landlords, now and into the future. Submissions in response to this issues paper will … Continue reading

  • Bullying and abuse of school students with disability at alarming levels

    A national survey has found an alarming level of bullying of students with disability at school, including routine abuse and assaults. The survey by Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA), reveals that 52 per cent of the 1396 students and parents who responded to the survey reported that the student had been subject … Continue reading

  • Government backs ICT accessibility standard

    The government has adopted a procurement standard intended to help people with a disability more easily access technology. Finance minister Senator Mathias Cormann announced today that the government had adopted Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services.

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In the News

  • Concern new taxi laws could discriminate

    Published: Wed 24th Aug, 2016

    Bendigo’s taxi operator has raised concerns new laws aimed at legalising ride sharing services and creating a level playing field for all commercial vehicle operators could erode taxis’ traditional role as an essential service.

  • Human Rights Commission to investigate Westpac banning disabled man

    Published: Fri 12th Aug, 2016

    The The Australian Human Rights Commission is investigating a complaint by a man with severe cerebral palsy who was banned from attending Westpac branches after staff complained he had been “violent”, despite him not being able to walk or talk.

  • Quiet signs of success

    Published: Fri 26th Aug, 2016

    A cafe in Melbourne run by deaf staff is helping to break down communication barriers and ready students for the hearing world.

  • Shitstorm: A short history of NDIS implementation

    Published: Tue 16th Aug, 2016

    At DSC we have now asked thousands of Australians ‘what is one word that sums up how you feel about the NDIS?’. The answers invariably polarise. Some people say fear, confusion, anxiety; while others say: hope, opportunity, control.

  • Ideas for the next generation of disability activists

    Published: Thu 25th Aug, 2016

    Meritocracy is a belief that seems to me to still be alive and well in the senior management of disability support. It also seems to drive many aspects of public policy, particularly when appeals are made to “equal opportunity”.

  • The story behind the "not all disabilities are visible" sign

    Published: Tue 16th Aug, 2016

    Tonya Glennester, was visiting the supermarket with her five-year-old daughter, Evalynn. Evalynn has ADHD and autism and can become distressed in noisy or crowded places. Glennester, who also sufferers from health issues took Evalynn into the disabled toilets to give her some space and privacy.

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Upcoming Events

  • Strengthening Disability Advocacy conference 2016

    Thu 1st Sep, 2016
    Hosted by DARU

    The theme is Putting rights centre stage.

  • Enabling Women, Leadership Program

    Thu 1st Sep, 2016 - Fri 2nd Sep, 2016
    Hosted by Women with Disabilities Victoria

    Women with Disabilities Victoria  are excited to announce that Enabling Women, the successful leadership program for women with disabilities is coming to Melbourne’s Inner East region in October/November this year.

  • Promising employment pathways

    Mon 5th Sep, 2016
    Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
    Hosted by Belonging Matters

    Finding a job, pursuing a career or further education is a culturally valued and common aspiration for most adults.

  • Mental health, human rights and the Asia-Pacific

    Wed 14th Sep, 2016
    Time: 6-7pm
    Hosted by University of Melbourne

    On September 14 the Disability Research Initiative and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute will host an evening seminar on mental health, disability and human rights in the Asia-Pacific.

  • Life After School Expo

    Thu 15th Sep, 2016
    Hosted by Youth Disability advocacy Service (YDAS)

    This expo aims to highlight creative, positive post-school options for students with disabilities.

  • 'Getting the Word Out' - Promoting Your Group

    Thu 15th Sep, 2016
    Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Hosted by Collective of Self Help Groups (COSHG)

    This workshop is being held as part of the celebrations recognising Self Help & Support Group Awareness Day Join us as we explore ways to create awareness of your group by discovering how you feel about your group’s image and how you promote your image.

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