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;

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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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    Ms Warn, who has PTSD, told a parliamentary inquiry into the NDIS that she had been "bullied, berated, intimidated and lied to" as she dealt with bureaucrats in the scheme. "They've won. I've given up," Ms Warn said.

  • Disability providers unhappy with NDIS pricing

    More than half of disability providers fear they won’t be able to offer National Disability Insurance Scheme services under current prices, according to a new survey.

  • Aussie children’s concerns ignored

    Despite being one of the first signatories of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, advocates say 30 years on, Australia is ignoring some of the biggest issues affecting children.

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