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Independent Family Advocacy and Support (IFAS)

This service provides early, non-legal advocacy and support to families who are involved in the child protection system. IFAS has a focus on parents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and parents with an intellectual disability. IFAS also provides coaching for self-advocacy for CALD, family violence, LGBTQI, mental health and other disabilities. IFAS is … Continued

Arts Access Australia (AAA)

Area of operation:

Email
info@artsaccessaustralia.org

Web
https://artsaccessaustralia.org/

Phone
0419 201 338 (voice or text)

Arts Access Australia’s mission is to advance equality for Australians with disability as artists, arts workers, participants and audiences, through information, resources, research and advocacy. AAA works with government and other key stakeholders in the sector to advocate for better access to the arts to ensure full and equal opportunity for cultural participation and contribution … Continued

National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline

A free, independent and confidential service for reporting abuse and neglect of people with disability. Anyone can contact the Hotline, including family members, friends, service providers or a person with disability. The Hotline works with callers to find appropriate ways of dealing with reports of abuse and neglect of people with disability. The Hotline is not a … Continued

Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) is a national network comprised of nine state and territory organisations that have been successfully delivering advocacy, information and education services to older people in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote Australia for over 25 years. Older Persons Advocacy Network’s free services support older people and their representatives to address … Continued

Elder Rights Advocacy

Area of operation:

Email
era@era.asn.au

Web
http://era.asn.au

Phone
1800 700 600 or (03) 9602 3066

Information, advocacy and education that supports older Victorian’s and their right to access quality aged care. Our free, independent and confidential service covers all forms of Australian Government funded aged care. Advocacy involves supporting older people, and their families, to communicate their needs and have these listened to and acted upon by service providers. Our … Continued

Victorian Independent Office for School Dispute resolution

The Independent Office for School Dispute Resolution works alongside parents​​, students and Victorian government schools to resolve issues through an independent, simple and fair process. The Independent Office is the final step in the Department of Education and Training’s dispute resolution process. Your school should always be the first point of contact for a complaint, followed … Continued

REAL Choice for DHHS Disability Housing

This Facebook community exists to connect families with disabled loved ones in DHHS residential units who have similar concerns about the changes with residential units being privatised – a decision taken without any consultation with the residents. Shouldn’t staying with DHHS be a viable option for residents who are not interested in disruptive, uncertain changes?  

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Deafness Forum of Australia

Deafness Forum of Australia is the peak national body representing the interests and viewpoints of the 3.5 million Australians who are concerned with the quality of their hearing and the effects it has on their lives and the people around them. Deafness Forum provides balanced and realistic advice to the Australian Government and the Opposition … Continued

Down Syndrome Australia

Down Syndrome Australia was established in 2011 as the peak body for people with Down syndrome in Australia. Our purpose is to influence social and policy change, and provide a national profile and voice for people living with Down syndrome. We work collaboratively with the state and territory Down syndrome associations to achieve our mission. … Continued

A4

A4 is an establish national systemic advocacy organisation advocating for autistic people and their associates since 2002. A4 aims to represent the diverse and sometimes conflicting views of autistic people and the families of young autistic people.    

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New Wave

Area of operation:

Email
newwaveteam@gmail.com

Web
https://newwavegippsland.com

Phone
0456 000 083

This self advocacy group operates in the Gippsland area for people with intellectual disability interested in learning about their rights and supporting each other to become more  integrated into the local community. New Wave have a drop-in office at The Tipping Foundation, 58-60 Commercial Road, Morwell. The office is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 10:30 … Continued

Office of the Public Advocate

Area of operation:

Email
Online enquiry form

Web
http://www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au/

Phone
1300 309 337

The Victorian Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) promotes the rights, interests and dignity of people with disability (specifically intellectual impairment, mental illness, brain injury, physical disability or dementia) living in Victoria. Provides guardianship and advocacy for people with disability when appointed by VCAT and supports people with disability in the justice system, group homes/supported accommodation … Continued