Conference News

Looking for assistance at the conference?

  If you need assistance to get into the building, or information on where to go, keep your eyes out for our amazing team of volunteers wearing these red vests. They will assist you on the day getting from your taxi or the entrance of the NAB building to the conference rooms and registration desk.

Advocacy beyond 2016

Find out what the future of disability advocacy promotion might llook like in the future at the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference on 2 September. How do advocates bring issues to the notice of the general public and decision makers now that the punk and union movements are less likely  to get behind causes and organising … Continued

Enter Stage Rights – panellists confirmed

This session at the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference will look at applying human rights in person centered service delivery- What role can or should disability advocacy play in the future landscape of consumer directed service delivery? How do we make sure  that mainstream services are made accessible to  people with disability and what does best practice look … Continued

Rights Retrospective – Pre Conference event

There is a real buzz about this event – the pre-conference event for the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference on 1 September 2016. It’s been 30 years since disability advocacy was first funded in Victoria as a government program and we’re celebrating the personalities and campaigns that have built the strong advocacy sector we have today. The … Continued

Speakers announced for Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2016

We will certainly be “Putting Rights Centre Stage” at this year’s Strengthening Disability Advocacy conference with a heap of speakers who know a thing or two about rights! The conference planning committee is very pleased to confirm the following speakers with more to come: Minister Martin Foley MP Mary Mallett, Disability Advocacy Network Australia Jax (Jacki) Brown, Advocate and … Continued

Sarah Barton to MC the Rights Retrospective

We are thrilled that Sarah Barton has agreed to be the MC for our special Rights Retrospective event. Sarah Barton has worked mainly as a documentary writer and director since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and Television in 1992. She is probably best known for her work with No Limits, … Continued

Change of format for Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference

This conference has previously occurred every 2 years with a full 2 day program. From this conference forward, the format will change to an annual 1 day event. This conference is primarily targeted to people working for independent advocacy organisations and we know how tight the resources are and how problematic it can be to … Continued

Conference transcripts online

As you know the audio podcasts from the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference : Champions of Change have been available online for some time.  The transcripts have been a slower process but DARU is pleased to announce that the transcripts for the following sessions are now available: Captains of Change Working for Change Not another Brick … Continued

More Champions of Change Podcasts

Podcasts for all the sessions are now available.  You can find links to them from the various session pages on the  conference website and also in the forum summaries section on the DARU website. The sessions that are new this week include: Strength in Numbers, VSAN Committee Real Change or Short Changed, kairsty Wilson & Viv Avery Deafblind World, … Continued

Conference podcasts now available

There has been a lot of work behind the scenes since the conference in August to get some resources together.  We are very pleased to announce that all the sessions in the River Room, the main plenary, are now available as audio podcasts from the DARU website. Over the next few weeks the full transcripts … Continued

Self Advocates on their Way

A group of self advocates from FRANS in Sydney were interviewed by James Carlton from Radio National breakfast to discuss their participation at this year’s Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference. Listen or download the interview at:

Registrations have Closed

Ticket sales have now closed for this year’s conference.  The planning committee is looking forward to welcoming delegates next week at Melbourne Park. Delegates attending are advised to check out ‘The Venue’ information that has directions on how to get there and layout and access maps.

Brick Walls and Plans for Champions of Change

Honestly, you’d be mad to miss it – it looks amazing!  The program is finalised and details for all sessions are now available at: Here’s a taster for what’s in store… Not Another Brick in the Wall! Lauren Matthews, Executive Officer, Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) Victorian Chapter will chair a panel discussion to … Continued

What a Champion!

Hear first hand from Kairsty about the AED campaign that led to her award in the Session at the Champions of change: Strengthening Disability Advocacy conference. Viv Avery from Villamanta Legal Service will speak in the same session about their campaign against the hike in board and lodging fees in government-funded accommodation. And that’s just … Continued