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;

dialogue speech bubbles icon  Advocacy Sector Conversations forum series and

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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

  • NDIS is a bureaucratic nightmare

    The managers of Australia’s $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have been slammed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for being “slow”, lacking transparency and being “bloody-minded”. From The Australian:

  • Sex workers offer intimacy and connection for disabled clients in the age of the dating app

    Oliver Morton-Evans has sought the services of sex workers over the years, because dating can be especially tough for anyone with a disability. Despite having tried "every dating app out there", Oliver, 39, has never been in a long-term relationship.

  • Dylan Alcott Doesn't Follow His Destiny, He Shapes It

    “I spent the first three-and-a-half years of my life in hospital but the best thing my family did was never to wrap me in cotton wool,” says Alcott, who on this forbidding Melbourne morning is rallying against a wall in an underground carpark. “They never cared about the fact I had a disability so I took the view that if they don’t care, why should I?”

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