The Hon. Alan Robertson SC was appointed to conduct an independent review into the NDIS Commission’s regulation of the provider of NDIS supports and services to Ms Ann-Marie Smith, an NDIS participant who died on 6 April 2020 in appalling circumstances.
Reports & Documents
Early and ongoing engagement with people with disability is crucial in ensuring ongoing and future emergency responses are timely, tailored and considered. By adopting proactive approaches and including people with disability in emergency planning, a range of barriers and issues can be prevented and addressed. There is significant scope for access to crisis support, essential supplies, financial assistance and specialised services to be strengthened through better engagement with people with disability, their families and carers, before, during and after times of crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacts people facing disadvantage and marginalisation, who may not have access to the tools, resources and supports to know about, understand, prepare for, or comply with public health directives, and remain safe. Social distancing measures and public health directives may prevent people with disability from accessing safe, continuous services, and support from family, friends and carers. Isolation is having an increasing impact on the health and wellbeing of people with disability, their families and carers.
Empowered Lives outlines the key systemic issues facing Victorians with disability in their interactions with Victorian Government systems, and sets out achievable actions the Government can take to provide more opportunities for people with disability, more inclusive environments and communities, and stronger support when needed. It has been developed by people with disability, advocates and organisations across the Victorian disability community, reflecting a shared commitment to achieving the rights of Victorians with disability.
This supplementary report to Disability Advocacy by the Numbers:Statistics from July 2012 to June 2016 outlines some of the data integrity issues DARU encountered in compiling the report. It should be read in conjunction with the main report.
This document seeks to provide information about disability advocacy using data provided by the Victorian Government’s Office for Disability from the disability advocacy organisations it funds. The report provides basic data on the number, characteristics and advocacy issues of people using disability advocacy services in Victoria.
The objective of this consultation was to bring together disability advocates working on the ground in the sector and hearing the issues they have identified in the NDIS rollout so far. This includes the planning for the rollout, feedback from their clients and the responses to those issues.
The Australian Government Department of Social Services is reviewing the National Disability Advocacy Framework. This joint submission, prepared by VCOSS, DAV Inc and DARU, is in response to the Discussion Paper.
This policy outlines editorial ethics and production procedures for the DARU Update, a weekly e-newsletter distributed to subscribers.
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
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.