DARU is unique in Australia as a dedicated resource unit funded to work with disability advocacy organisations to promote and protect the rights of people with disability. We develop and distribute resources and provide training opportunities to keep disability advocates informed and up-to-date about issues affecting people with disability in Victoria.
DARU proudly hosts the advocacy sector’s flagship event each year in Melbourne in partnership with Disability Advocacy Victoria and Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS). Check out the conference website to catch up on past sessions:
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Directory of organisations for agencies delivering disability advocacy as well as complaints bodies, campaigners, support groups and useful referral and information services.Find an advocate
A collection of information sheets and reports including ‘What is disability advocacy?’, ‘How to be disability inclusive’ and ‘How we talk about disability matters’.Browse publications
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Advocacy Sector Conversations ForumThis forum series provides in depth knowledge on topics that impact disability advocacy practice. Session resources include video, audio, transcript and useful links. Browse resources
Disability Royal CommissionCommentary around the Commission’s proceedings with analysis and perspectives under investigation. Find out more
Whenever Nella Nisco thinks about her daughter Sophia, the first things that come to mind are her smile and laugh. “She was the life of any household she was in,” Nella said. “She kept everyone on our toes, and her sisters absolutely adored her.” Sophia lived with profound disabilities and needed one-on-one support — so life … Continued
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is calling for urgent reform to ensure the human rights of people with disability are upheld in Australia, outlining 10 actions that all Australian governments must prioritise.
Disability advocates say tighter regulation of NDIS service providers is needed after an ABC investigation uncovered “sickening” practices being used against children with disabilities. The ABC’s Four Corners revealed children with autism and intellectual disabilities were unlawfully pinned to the ground facedown by up to six workers as part of a controversial therapy funded by the NDIS.