Strengthening Disability Advocacy conference 2014
Champions of change

4 & 5 August @ Melbourne & Olympic Park Convention Centre

Bill Lawler

Photo of Bill Lawler, Advocate


Bill has had a long association with the disability sector spanning over 20 years. Positions held over this time include  Rural Access Project Officer at Latrobe City for 11 years and prior to this, the Advocacy Co-ordinator of the Gippsland Disability Resource Council for 10 years advocating for the rights of people with a disability on an individual and systemic level.

Bill was a foundation member and president of the Regional Victorian Rural Disability Association (now known as VicRAN) and also a foundation member of Victorian Disability Advocacy Network (now known as DAV).

His peers in the disability advocacy sector awarded him with the Inaugural Robert McNamara Advocacy Award in 2000 and in 2012, Bill was recognised for over 20 years of service in the disability sector by receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, a category of the Victorian Disability Sector Awards.


NDIS championing for choice and control

Tuesday 5th August, 2014: 12:00am - 1:00am

Bill Lawler, an independet advocate, takes us on a journey with three participants from the NDIS  launch site in the Barwon, Otway and Surf Coast region. We learn about their experience of determining their eligibility for the scheme, developing their support packages, connecting with service providers, and what it feels like to have choice and control. Panel members are from the LEAD Barwon project: