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.



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 this year’s conference.  We’ve also found some talks by advocates that you might find interesting. Check out the DARU channel on YouTube

New to the Resource Library

  • Grant: Sidney Myer Fund / Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia

    The Sidney Myer Fund and the GALFA Board of Directors are pleased to announce our next joint funding round, as part of the Sidney Myer Fund Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program, to the value of $15,000. This grant round will focus on improving the wellbeing of LGBTI people living with a disability. We encourage … Continue reading

  • ‘Huge under-funding’ of students with disability

    More than half of students with disability who need funded support at school are not getting it, new data released by state and federal governments has shown.

  • DARU Update - 19 December 2016

  • DARU Update - 12 December 2016

  • Disability Support Pension changes and the appeals process

    Peter Norbury from Social Security Rights Victoria updated us on the changes Centrelink made to the impairment tables in 2012 highlighting the contradictions and identifying the hurdles that need to be overcome to pass the eligibility criteria. Len Jaffit, who has been working with the Centrelink Appeals Tribunal at Victoria Legal Aid for many years then stepped us through what you need to do if you are unhappy with a Centrelink decision. Continue reading

  • Q&A with the Office for Disability

    Felix Neighbour, the Acting Manager Strategic Engagement at the Office for Disability brought Martin Turnbull, Assistant Director, Diversity and Disability along to this Q&A session to fill us in on the boost to advocacy funding announced as part of the 'Zero Tolerance' initiative. An update with the ongoing dialogue with NDAP and NDIS and the launch of the State Disability Plan to start in 2017 was also discussed. Continue reading

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In the News

  • The NDIS must not be a trade-off

    Published: Mon 16th Jan, 2017

    The government announced in the December mid-year economic review that $3.7 billion from the Education Investment Fund, used to fund university infrastructure, would be credited into the NDIS. However it has now emerged the move will require the approval of a hostile Senate, leaving the $22 billion scheme facing a shortfall.

  • Sector Disappointed as NDIA Given Corporate Makeover

    Published: Fri 6th Jan, 2017

    The disability sector has expressed “disappointment” after a number of “corporate heavyweights” have been appointed to lead the National Disability Insurance Scheme in place of those with lived experience.

  • Disability Sector Joins Calls for a Halt to Centrelink ‘Fiasco’

    Published: Fri 6th Jan, 2017

    The disability sector has backed calls for the Centrelink debt recovery “fiasco” to be suspended immediately amid concerns about the impact it is having on people with disability.

  • No respite for mothers caring for children with a disability

    Published: Fri 6th Jan, 2017

    Any mother of a pre-school age child knows that life can be intense. There’s the bathing, feeding, toiletting, playing, comforting, trips to emergency, more comforting – not to mention the constant funk of niggling sleep deprivation. In most families, though, this phase of life eventually passes. But for mothers who care for children with a disability, … Continue reading

  • Centrelink's 'diabolical' debt recovery scheme under investigation, Commonwealth Ombudsman says

    Published: Mon 9th Jan, 2017

    The Commonwealth Ombudsman has launched an independent investigation into the Centrelink debt recovery scheme, which was been described as a “diabolical” failure by industry experts.

  • Concerns People With Mental Illness Could Fall Through Gap of NDIS

    Published: Mon 9th Jan, 2017

    The not-for-profit sector is calling for urgent action amid concerns people living with a mental illness could “fall through the gaps” as the National Disability Insurance Scheme absorbs some mental health services.

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Upcoming Events

  • "Whatever It Takes": A training course on rehabilitation following Acquired Brain Injury

    Tue 21st Feb, 2017
    Time: 8.30am-4pm
    Hosted by Supported by Flinders University, South Australia

    This is an intensive, four day training program designed to immerse you in the study of best practice approaches to acquired brain injury rehabilitation.

  • Winning Presentation Skills

    Mon 6th Mar, 2017
    Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Hosted by Corporate Communication Experts

    “In business you can never learn anything more important than communication” – Max Markson Does your job require you to present at conferences, lead meetings, run seminars, facilitate groups and speak in other public situations? The winning presentation skills workshop is designed to take your public speaking and presentation skills to the next level so … Continue reading .

  • Thinking And Speaking Off The Cuff

    Tue 7th Mar, 2017
    Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Hosted by Corporate Communication Experts

    “The best way to sound like you know what you’re talking about is to know what you’re talking about”.

  • Giving And Receiving Feedback

    Tue 7th Mar, 2017
    Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Hosted by Corporate Communication Experts


  • Patrick & Lesley Francis - IDPwD Exhibition at Sam Merrifield Library

    Sun 18th Dec, 2016
    Time: 9am-5pm
    Hosted by Absolutely AWEtistic Arts

    Absolutely AWEtistic Arts (led by Lesley & Patrick Francis) invite you to attend their IDPwD Art exhibition at Sam Merrifield Library, 762 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds 3039.

  • Lesley & Patrick Francis - IDPwD Exhibition at Flemington Library

    Thu 1st Dec, 2016
    Time: 9am-5pm
    Hosted by Absolutely AWEtistic Arts

    Absolutely AWEtistic Arts (led by Lesley & Patrick Francis) invite you to attend their IDPwD Art exhibition at Flemington Library, 313 Racecourse Road, Flemington 3031.

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