Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2019
Advocacy under pressure

Monday 2 September | NAB The Hall, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands


The work of Victorian disability advocacy organisations is increasingly being consumed by issues related to national systems such as the NDIS and Centrelink. The introduction of the National Quality and Safeguards Commission, and the much anticipated Royal Commission into Abuse and Neglect of People with Disability, further adds to the nationalising of advocacy issues arising for people with disability right across Australia.

The pressure on disability advocacy organisations is relentless. The overwhelming demand for advocacy support through review and appeals processes within national systems means that many organisations are, for the first time, putting waitlists in place as a way of managing the onslaught. Endless efforts don’t seem to be resolving the inherent unfairness and gaining basic rights for people with disability. Burnout is becoming an increasing reality for many disability advocates and yet another thing that organisations need to manage.

The Strengthening DIsability Advocacy Conference for 2019  will have a national focus, so we are extending beyond state borders this year. To this end, Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) will cohost this year’s disability advocacy flagship event in partnership with DARU.

This conference is for anyone who is interested in strengthening and upholding the rights of people with disability. 

Conference supporters

The Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference is hosted by DARU and is the flagship event for the disability advocacy sector.  The conference planning committee is comprised of representatives from disability advocacy organisations. The team putting together SDAC19 includes:

  • Melissa Hale, Coordinator, DARU
  • Natasha Brake, Project Administrator, DARU
  • Mary Mallet, CEO, Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA)
  • Melanie Muir, Board Member, Disability Advocacy Victoria (DAV)
  • Julie Phillips, Board Member, Disability Advocacy Victoria (DAV)
  • Deborah Fewster, Sector Development Manager, Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)

Latest news

Session videos go live

Yay, the videos have finally arrived. You can now relive all the amazing moments and swat up on the info you missed. you can find them on the individual session pages via the ‘Program’ tab in the navigation bar. You’ll also find some voxpop interviews with some of the presenters who chatted with Marie McInterney, … Continued

Check out the session photo galleries

SDAC19 is all over but there is still plenty of work being done behind the scenes.  there has been a slight delay with the full session video editing so they won’t be ready for upload for another couple of weeks – sorry about that. In the meantime, photo galleries have now been added to all … Continued

NEWSFLASH!! SDAC19: Advocacy Under Pressure Session Announcement

Award winning journalist and Author of “One Hundred Years of Dirt” Rick Morton will lead an honest and open armchair interview with the Deputy CEO of NDIA Vikki Rundle and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner Graeme Head with about some of the most pressing concerns raised by Australias Disability Advocates. You will NOT want … Continued

Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2019: Advocacy under pressure

Save the date! Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference. Register Now! What’s it about? Advocacy issues arising for people with disability are increasingly related to national  systems such as the NDIS and Centrelink. The introduction of the National Quality and Safeguards Commission, and the much anticipated Royal Commission into … Continued

Welcome back Wayne

Back by popular demand, Wayne Herbert has been invited to MC SDAC19. His irresistible charm offensive will keep us on time and on topic throughout the day. Invitations for speakers have gone out far and wide and we’re looking forward to making more announcements very soon.
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