Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2017

Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference

Getting into gear for the NDIS journey

Friday 15 September @ NAB The Hall


This year’s conference is dedicated to the NDIS.  We ill explore the impact the roll out is having on the practice of disability advocacy and how the scheme is measuring up against a human rights framework.

Last year’s ‘Putting rights centre stage’ conference  created a buzz that sent ripples out to the wider sector and into the mainstream.  To remind us of the key points, here is a short highlights video that encapsulates the passion participants experienced.



Planning is well underway and updates to program development will be added to this website as they are confirmed and the weekly DARU Update will also promote significant announcements. Stay tuned!

The conference planning committee this year includes:

  • Melissa Coe, Coordinator, DARU
  • Natasha Brake, Administration Officer, DARU
  • Melanie Muir, President, Disability Advocacy Victoria (DAV)
  • Llewellyn Reynders, Policy Manager, Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)
  • Dean Dadson, Project Officer, Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU)
  • Leah Katieva, CEO, Rights Information and Advocacy Centre (RIAC)
  • Pauline Williams, Program Manager, Action for More Independence and Dignity in Accommodation (AMIDA)



Latest news

Speaker invitations are going out

The theme for 2017’s Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference is ‘Getting into Gear for the NDIS journey’.

This conference will begin with a keynote address presenting an overview of the NDIS, setting the scene before the first panel takes stock of the road already travelled. We will look back and see how far we have come.

The second panel will look at how we can assert our human rights in the NDIS and investigate how well the framework is fitting into the NDIS system. It will also look at how effective the processes are in dealing with situations that go wrong.

The final session will look to the future of advocacy in the NDIS, identify the potholes ahead and how best to smooth these out or avoid them all together.

The planning committee have had some fruitful brain storming sessions and invitations have started going out to potential speakers, facilitators and panellists.

We look forward to keeping you up to date as confirmations come through.

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