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DARU Strategic Plan 2013-2015

DARU was establish in 2007 to provide resources to the disability advocacy sector including disability advocates and people with disabilities. We are governed by a consortium of organisations. This includes the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS), Disability Advocacy Victoria (DAV) and representation from the Office for Disability.

Mission

To resource the disability advocacy sector

Value Statement

We value the active participation of people with disabilities in the development and implementation of the strategic priorities of DARU.

Strategic Priorities

1. Workforce Development

DARU will resource the development of a cohesive and collaborative disability advocacy sector that works together to achieve outcomes for people with disabilities.

DARU will achieve this by:

1.1 Facilitating learning and professional development opportunities, through innovative delivery models

1.2 Pursuing establishment of a formal qualification in disability advocacy

1.3 Promoting or providing resources on good employment and staff development practices

1.4 Engaging with the disability advocacy sector to determine their workforce development needs and priorities

2. Information and Resources

DARU will provide timely, relevant, succinct and accessible information and resources that assist the disability advocacy sector to maximise its effectiveness.

DARU will achieve this by:

2.1 Producing and promoting resources that:

  • Enable and support effective disability advocacy
  • Provide information on topical issues relevant to the sector
  • Support organisational development

2.2 Developing specific resources for disability advocacy as well as promoting resources produced by others

2.3 Utilising a variety of mechanisms and media to communicate information

2.4 Ensuring resources are able to be used by a variety of people, including by producing plain English versions and distribution in accessible formats

2.5 Engaging with the disability advocacy sector to determine their information and resource needs and priorities

3. Engagement and Partnerships

DARU will assist in building a cohesive and collaborative disability advocacy sector that works together to achieve outcomes for people with disabilities.

DARU will achieve this by:

3.1 Providing opportunities for collective linkages with external agencies

3.2 Supporting the maintenance and development of disability advocacy networks and working groups

3.3 Providing resources and opportunities to learn about collaboration and forming partnerships

3.4 Undertaking regular liaison and feedback activities with the disability advocacy sector

 

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Date published:
Mon 7th Oct, 2013