DARU Publications

Disability Advocacy by the Numbers

Statistics from the 2012-2013 Victorian Office for Disability Advocacy Program Quarterly Data Collection Prepared by the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit June 2014 Contents Executive summary. 1.Clients receiving disability advocacy services. 2. Client characteristics. 3. Advocacy issues. 4. Data limitations. 5. Next steps.   About DARU DARU is a state-wide service established to resource the disability advocacy … Continued

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Policy: DARU Update

This policy outlines editorial ethics and production procedures for the DARU Update, a weekly e-newsletter distributed to subscribers.

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Review of DARU Resources & Stakeholder Engagement

DARU undertook this stakeholder engagement project over the second half of 2012 to investigate the relevance and accessibility of the resources it is providing to advocacy organisations, people with a disability, and to self advocacy organisations through their relationship with the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU). Interviews were conducted with 28 disability advocacy organisations operating … Continued

2013 Victorian State Budget Announcements

Are you across the key announcements made in the 2013 Victorian Budget? The 2013-14 Budget was released on Tuesday 7 May 2013. The complete set of budget papers are available from the State Government website. Here is a summary of the key items that specifically relate to disability: Overall, there will be $224 million in new … Continued

Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT) – DARU Forum Summary Report

The second five year review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport has been announced. The due date for submissions has been extended to Friday 31 May 2013. On Tuesday 16 April 2013, the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU), convened a forum to assist disability advocacy organisations and people with disabilities to prepare submissions in response to the … Continued

Disability Advocacy Code of Conduct

This document provides Disability Advocates and Disability Advocacy organisations with a clear framework for understanding their responsibilities for effective advocacy practice. This framework is not prescriptive, allowing organisations to retain their autonomy and diversity.  

Risk Management & DHS Standards Information Session

On Wednesday 17 October, DARU hosted a Risk Assessment and Standards information Session for disability advocacy organisations. The session on Risk Management was presented by Diane Borgmeyer, Risk Management Adviser, from VMIA and covered: Introduction to risk management – the basics A quick overview of the risk management standard – AS/NZS/ISO 31000:2009 The new DHS service … Continued