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,  host the Advocacy Sector Conversations forum series and the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference and provide other training opportunities to keep disability advocates informed and up-to-date about issues affecting people with disability in Victoria.

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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

  • New senator fights for disability rights

    New Greens senator Jordon Steele-John says Australians will not cop politics as usual, as he vowed to be a tireless champion for people with disability.

  • MacFarlane devastated by loss of Disability Pride artwork

    The Disability Pride artwork was intended as a collaborative paste up to celebrate the culture of Melbourne’s disabled community, challenging the narrow stereotypes of disability and making a stand that joins with the international disability pride movement.

  • Swinburne and WISE to offer more support for disabled students

    Students, academia and employers are working together to explore the best ways of supporting students living with disabilities. Universities need to play a greater role in preparing students with a disability for employment, according to a roundtable discussion held at Swinburne last week.

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