ADEC is a not-for-profit organisation that has been serving Victorians since 1982. Established by the organisation’s ambassador Effie Meehan, ADEC aims to help people with disabilities or those who are elderly, along with their caregivers and families. ADEC specialises in supporting people who come from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. ADEC offers the following services: … Continued
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COTA Wise is a free telephone information service that aims to make older people feel WISE – Welcome, Included, Supported and Empowered. Do you need help finding information about: pensions and concessions public transport housing utilities banking … or anything else? Our friendly Information Officers will speak to you over the phone, find the information … Continued
This peer support group aims to reduce social isolation and build connection through the ongoing recognition and celebration of the shared lived and living experiences of disabled LGBTIQA+ folk. It’s an online group for disabled LGBTQIA+ people, their friends, family and supporters who are seeking connection and social support. This group is facilitated by LGBTIQA+ … Continued
The Victorian Disability Worker Commission takes complaints about any Victorian disability worker. The complaints service is independent, impartial and free. We are a unique regulator because our focus is on individual workers. We regulate all disability workers in Victoria, regardless of the funding source of the service. In handling complaints about individual disability workers, we … Continued
The Community Connector Program targets individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with disabilities who require support to access the NDIS or who require additional support with NDIS or other services. This service is free. What Community Connectors can do: Help build better community awareness of the NDIS Assist individuals, their families and/or carers to … Continued
Formerly the Taxi Services Commission, this is the new regulator of the commercial passenger vehicle industry. This industry includes unbooked services (taxi rank and hail) and booked services (taxis, hire cars and rideshare vehicles) and also issue driving instructor authorities. Aim: To work in partnership with the commercial passenger vehicle industry to ensure services for … Continued
This service provides early, non-legal advocacy and support to families who are involved in the child protection system. IFAS has a focus on parents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and parents with an intellectual disability. IFAS also provides coaching for self-advocacy for CALD, family violence, LGBTQI, mental health and other disabilities. IFAS is … Continued
Information, advocacy and education that supports older Victorian’s and their right to access quality aged care. Our free, independent and confidential service covers all forms of Australian Government funded aged care. Advocacy involves supporting older people, and their families, to communicate their needs and have these listened to and acted upon by service providers. Our … Continued
The Independent Office for School Dispute Resolution works alongside parents, students and Victorian government schools to resolve issues through an independent, simple and fair process. The Independent Office is the final step in the Department of Education and Training’s dispute resolution process. Your school should always be the first point of contact for a complaint, followed … Continued
We are a group of people with disabilities who Stand up for ourselves Support people to make choices Help with problems Talk about the big issues Learn new things Why we meet Sister Rocks is run by people who have a disability. The group works together to make sure its members have the same rights, … Continued
This self advocacy group operates in the Gippsland area for people with intellectual disability interested in learning about their rights and supporting each other to become more integrated into the local community. New Wave have a drop-in office at The Tipping Foundation, 58-60 Commercial Road, Morwell. The office is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 10:30 … Continued
The Victorian Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) promotes the rights, interests and dignity of people with disability (specifically intellectual impairment, mental illness, brain injury, physical disability or dementia) living in Victoria. Provides guardianship and advocacy for people with disability when appointed by VCAT and supports people with disability in the justice system, group homes/supported accommodation … Continued
Youthlaw provides free legal advice for young people under 25.
Womens Legal Service provides free legal services to women from disadvantaged background to address relationship issues or violence.
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service provides 24 hour free legal services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community.