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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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Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2017

flame icon14 Sep 2017, 2:00-4:30pm: Defiant Lives 
Pre-conference screening – introduces the world to the most impressive activists you’ve never heard of and tells the story of the rise and fight of the disability rights movement in the United States, Britain and Australia. Featuring

15 Sep 2016 9:30am-5:00pm: Gearing up for the NDIS journey
This conference features a keynote address and facilitated panel discussions looking back on the journey so far, how well the principles of choice and control are being embedded in NDIS policies and processes and what road blocks to avoid on the road ahead

Find out more and register

Advocacy Sector Conversations

dialog iconThe aim of this forum series is to discuss matters which directly impact on the practice of disability. Dates for 2017 are 22 February, 18 May and 21 November.  Forum resources include summary, links to resources mentioned, transcript and audio and, in 2017 we introduce live-streaming videos. Go to the forum summaries page.



New YouTube DARU channel

YouTube logo DARU is now on YouTube.  Our beautiful video on the rights under the UN Convention is available and the Rights Tough playlist from the 2016 Strengthening Disability Advocacy  conference.  We’ve also found some talks by advocates that you may find interesting. Check out the DARU channel on YouTube

New to the Resource Library

  • 2017 Brenda Gabe Leadership Award - Nominations now open

    This award recognises and rewards the contribution women with disabilities have made that is of direct benefit to women with disabilities, or to making a more inclusive community, in Victoria. You are invited to nominate a woman with a disability, or a group of women with disabilities making a difference. All award nominees are acknowledged and … Continue reading

  • Family Violence and People with Disability-

    Alison McDonald from Domestic Violence Victoria discussed the family violence reforms and how they impact on people with disability experiencing family violence. She also covered protections available for people with disability, and other information that advocates working with people with disabilities in vulnerable situations need to know. Continue reading

  • Disability Advocacy by the Numbers 2012-16 Report Launch

    Llewellyn Reynders, Policy Manager at VCOSS, showcased Disability Advocacy by the Numbers report that uses the data collected by the Victorian Office for Disability advocacy program through the Quarterly Data Collection (QDC) provided by organisations funded under the program. He stepped us through the advocacy issues and identified trends through graphic representation and analysis. Continue reading

  • Choice, Control and the NDIS

    This report examining the experiences of people in the Barwon trial site was released this week. Choice, Control and the NDIS, funded by the University of Melbourne’s Social Equity Institute, explores the degree to which the NDIS was achieving its aims and objectives, as well as identifying what additional information and supports were required to better … Continue reading

  • Self-managed vs Agency-managed supports in the NDIS

    Carl Thompson from Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) provided an   in-depth overview, including pros and cons for the various support management options, that would assist advocates when working with people with disability through their NDIs plan implementation phase. This was followed by an update from Felix Neighbour from the Office for Disability. Continue reading

  • Child Protection-

    Barbara Carter and Kate Fitt discussed issues around child protection and provided some practical tips on how to support parents with disability in their dealings with child protection agencies. Continue reading

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In the News

  • Federal Labor calls for royal commission into institutional abuse of people with a disability

    Published: Fri 26th May, 2017

    The co-chief executive of People With Disability Australia, Matthew Bowden, has welcomed Labor’s announcement, saying violence against people with a disability was at “epidemic levels”.

  • The NDIS has teething problems that must be addressed

    Published: Thu 25th May, 2017

    Given the National Disability Insurance Scheme has support across the political spectrum there is a reluctance to heavily criticise it despite a parliamentary inquiry which is revealing that the system is beset by major problems.

  • NDIS not fit for purpose

    Published: Wed 24th May, 2017

    Despite, or perhaps because of, the limited knowledge of disability by policy makers, politicians, and journalists seven years ago, NDIS was seized upon as a “solution” to the systemic  dysfunction in disability services.

  • Federal budget 2017: The people (mostly women) the NDIS forgot

    Published: Mon 22nd May, 2017

    It always takes a while for the budget’s real victims to emerge. We are so dazzled by the flashes – drug-testing welfare recipients, freezing foreign aid, increasing university fees – that it takes a while to focus on the detail.

  • Students with disability lack government funding to excel at school, statistics show

    Published: Sat 20th May, 2017

    The revelation earlier this year that hundreds of thousands of students with a disability are in school without any additional funding to support their education has been reinforced by new statistics.

  • NDIS not focused on inequities

    Published: Thu 25th May, 2017

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme is not living up to expectations and may even be exacerbating the inequities it was designed to solve, according to a new report.

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Upcoming Events

  • Sharing our ABI Knowledge

    Thu 1st Jun, 2017
    Time: 1-3pm
    Hosted by Brain Injury Matters

    Join us for afternoon tea and some brain injury culture.

  • Addressing Taboo: Intimacy after Spinal Cord Injury Forum

    Tue 13th Jun, 2017
    Time: 1.00pm-4.30pm
    Hosted by Stabilise Pty Ltd

    Intimacy following Spinal Cord Injury is an aspect of a person’s life that can go unaddressed.

  • NDIS Understanding workshops

    Tue 30th May, 2017 - Tue 27th Jun, 2017
    Hosted by Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) Disability Loop

    The NDIS Understanding workshop series is  for people with disability and their families. Funding received through the Victorian Government’s NDIS Transition Support Package means the workshops can be run free of charge across key regional areas in Victoria over the next few months.

  • Support Coordination for Beginners 

    Tue 30th May, 2017
    Hosted by Disability Services Consulting

    This workshop is designed for organisations and individuals wanting to understand the fundamentals of this new, important support type, including: The four levels of Support Coordination: NDIS expectations of the roles and best practice Using the NDIS Participant Portal Understanding how much Support Coordination is being funded and for whom The resources available to answer … Continue reading .

  • Advanced Practice Workshop

    Wed 31st May, 2017
    Hosted by Disability Services Consulting

    This workshop will be highly interactive, with the goal of each attendee contributing to a Support Coordinator toolkit they can take back with them, packed full of ideas for how to use participants NDIS plans creatively.

  • Running a Support Coordination Business

    Thu 1st Jun, 2017
    Hosted by Disability Services Consulting

    This workshop is for Managers and Sole Traders (or sole traders in the making!) and will focus on what it takes to effectively and efficiently run a Support Coordination service, including: Innovative Support Coordination business models Understanding and mitigating the inherent risks Market and customer data: what is being funded now in and in the … Continue reading .

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