DARU is pleased to provide free online training. Our courses are primarily targeted to disability advocates, however everyone is welcome to give them a go. The main aim of our training is to provide skills, knowledge and resources that promote a human rights approach to working with people with disability.


How our courses are structured

Each course contains modules. Each module has a series of lessons. Some lessons have a quiz which is a short assessment. The courses are flexible.  You can do them in stages at your own pace. It is recommended that you complete the modules and lessons in the order presented.  You will be prompted to complete lessons in a particular order only if prerequisites have been set.

The ‘Next’ button that moves you between lessons, does not become available until either the ‘Complete Lesson’ or Complete Quiz’ button has been activated.


How our quizzes work

Some lessons have a quiz attached. The quiz is a test or assessment. if the quiz is graded, your results will automatically be sent to the email you provided when you registered. Ungraded quizzes provide a space to reflect on what you are learning without the pressure of giving the ‘right’ answer.

Courses with graded assessments produce a Certificate of Participation upon completion.


  • Best Practice in Disability Advocacy

    46 Lessons

    This course is a foundation in how to provide best practice individual advocacy. You will learn how a person with disability works through advocacy issues with the assistance of advocates from a fictional disability advocacy organisation – All Areas Advocacy. Working through a series of real life scenarios you will get practical experience in applying the principles and skills of disability advocacy. This course is unaccredited and is available FREE of charge.

  • An Introduction to Disability Advocacy

    45 Lessons

    As you will discover, disability advocacy is complex and requires a broad range of knowledge and skills.  The aim of this course is to   introduce what it takes to be an effective advocate and provide a strong foundation in advocacy practice. This course is unaccredited and is available FREE of charge.

Other courses from external providers

  • Supporting People to Stay Infection Free

    0 Lessons

    COVID-19 is a new virus that affects people’s respiratory system. Most people get a mild infection, others get a severe infection, causing hospitalisation. People with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart and respiratory conditions are more likely to develop a severe form of COVID-19. This eLearning module has been released to help share best … Continued

  • Employer Toolkit

    0 Lessons
    Job Access logo

    There are many benefits to both your organisation as well as people with disability when you open your workplace to diversity and inclusion. This Toolkit, developed by Job Access, includes a wide range of resources that cover key areas of disability employment, and how to support it in your workplace. You will find short videos, text-based information and case studies to demonstrate how disability employment can work for you.

  • Disability Awareness

    0 Lessons
    logo representing equal opportunity

    Disability awareness is an important part of establishing inclusion for people with disability. Often our fears and discomfort about interacting with people with disability is based on lack of knowledge, uncertainties, and stereotypes that can influence attitudes. It makes sense that the more informed you are the more likely that you will feel comfortable communicating and interacting with someone with a disability at work or in your community. This training, developed by National Disability Coordination Officer Program, is designed to introduce you to four key topics that begin to increase your knowledge of disability. The modules include activities that can be completed as self-paced learning, or be used as a tool for face-to-face discussions in your workplace, community group, school or social network.

  • Teacher's Toolkit for Students with Little or No Speech

    0 Lessons
    child with complex communication needs with communication book

    This toolkit has been developed by Communication Rights Australia to help teachers provide an inclusive education to students with communication support needs. All students have the right to education and to communicate so that they may reach their highest potential both academically and socially.

  • Enabling Risk: Putting Positives First

    0 Lessons
    Figure depicting the 4 Essentials of Risk Enablement. Person Centred is in the middle surrounded by the four essentials. 1. Putting Positives First 2. Being Proactive 3. Staying True to Preferences 4.Minimising Harm

    This resource, designed by the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University, provides an introduction to enabling risk. You will be introduced to the ways you can support people with cognitive disabilities, including people with intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injury, to make choices and be involved in activities that may involve some risk while minimising potential harm to themselves or others. There are many positives in supporting people with cognitive disabilities to participate in positive risk taking. Working from a risk enablement approach ensures that you provide empowering support that enables the people you support to live an engaged and meaningful life.