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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The Latest from DARU

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 2017 are 22 February, 18 May and 21 November.  Forum resources include summary, links to resources mentioned, transcript and audio and, in 2017 we introduce live-streaming videos. Go to 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 the 2016 Strengthening Disability Advocacy  conference.  We’ve also found some talks by advocates that you may find interesting. Check out the DARU channel on YouTube

New to the Resource Library

  • DARU Update - 22 May 2017

  • ILC National Readiness Grants: Winners announced

    The successful applicants of the first round of ILC National Readiness Grants have now been announced.  total of 39 projects have been funded, across 36 organisations Of these, 15 projects are for Capacity Building for Mainstream, while 24 are for Community Capacity Building The average grant size is $376,000. The average was slightly higher for … Continue reading

  • DARU Update - 15 May 2017

  • NDIS Code of Conduct Consultation

    The Code of Conduct is part of the new NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework and is been developed to ensure that all NDIS participants have the same protections, regardless of where they live in Australia. The Code of Conduct will outline expectations for providers and workers delivering supports under the NDIS and will outline the course … Continue reading

  • Metro Trains Text Messaging Assistance Service

    Metro Trains is committed to continuously introducing options to ensure an accessible journey for everyone. Customers with communication difficulty or disability will now be given another option for obtaining information through the introduction of a text messaging assistance service. The service will be launched as a 3 month trial from 1 May and will be available … Continue reading

  • NDIS Report Card: Results highlight areas of concern

    At the end o 2016, Every Australia Counts community were invited to share their experiences of the NDIS in a survey. Thousands of people responded and this report card is based on the feedback received The results are a mixed bag – and there’s certainly room to do better. You let us know about what’s working with … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events

  • Sharing our ABI Knowledge

    Thu 1st Jun, 2017
    Time: 1-3pm
    Hosted by Brain Injury Matters

    Join us for afternoon tea and some brain injury culture.

  • Courageous Leadership - Melbourne

    Fri 26th May, 2017
    Time: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
    Hosted by Peter Dhu

    As leadership attributes go, courage is one of the big ones.

  • Giving and Receiving Feedback - Melbourne

    Fri 26th May, 2017
    Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Hosted by Violet Dhu

    One of the most valuable interpersonal skills a person can have is the ability to deliver constructive and effective feedback.

  • How the NDIS can work for you

    Fri 26th May, 2017
    Time: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Hosted by SARU, Start Community Art and Moe Life Skills Community Centre

    The Power of Self Advocacy and New Wave are hosting a fun and an information sharing day as part of the Dangerous Deeds Exhibition and Tour.

  • NDIS Understanding workshops

    Tue 30th May, 2017 - Tue 27th Jun, 2017
    Hosted by Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) Disability Loop

    The NDIS Understanding workshop series is  for people with disability and their families. Funding received through the Victorian Government’s NDIS Transition Support Package means the workshops can be run free of charge across key regional areas in Victoria over the next few months.

  • Support Coordination for Beginners 

    Tue 30th May, 2017
    Hosted by Disability Services Consulting

    This workshop is designed for organisations and individuals wanting to understand the fundamentals of this new, important support type, including: The four levels of Support Coordination: NDIS expectations of the roles and best practice Using the NDIS Participant Portal Understanding how much Support Coordination is being funded and for whom The resources available to answer … Continue reading .

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