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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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

  • Market stewardship: goals, roles aren’t enough — what interventions can officials make?

    As a new oversight report draws attention to the market stewardship of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. To prevent market failure we need actions, not just principles. Without robust service delivery markets, the NDIS will fail to meet its goals of choice and control for people with a disability.

  • Guy: Big boost for children and families with autism

    Today the Liberal Nationals are announcing the beginning of a revolution for families with autism with one of the largest single investments in autism support, totalling more than $50 million over four years, should the Liberal Nationals be elected to government in November. As part of this revolution, the Liberal Nationals will implement a 7 point plan of practical and hands-on support for children with autism and their families.

  • We've seen autistic doctors and detectives on TV, how about Rain Woman?

    I'm autistic, and I've rarely ever seen myself in the television characters that are supposed to represent me. There seem to be a lot of doctors, detectives – and dudes. It's hard to find stories about openly autistic girls and women navigating life as openly autistic girls and women; and even harder to find ones where autism is treated as more than a freakish gift, or as a disability.

Latest tweets

  • The Labor Government is developing Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Plan 2018-2020 to guide longer-term action… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  • The Labor Government is developing Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Plan 2018-2020 to guide longer-term action… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  • The Labor Government is developing Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Plan 2018-2020 to guide longer-term action… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  • The Labor Government is developing Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Plan 2018-2020 to guide longer-term action… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  • The Labor Government is developing Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Plan 2018-2020 to guide longer-term action… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…