Advocacy

Strengthening the capabilities of people living with disability.

Everyone benefits from living in an inclusive society that supports diversity. We advocate for individuals so that all people with disability have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

What is Advocacy?

We are funded through the National Disability Advocacy Program to address the recognised disadvantage experienced by people with disability.  Our individual advocacy work focusses on the human rights and entitlements of people with disability.

Our advocacy assistance is a free service, provided to those with a disability in situations where we can make a difference.

Everyone deserves to have their voice heard, their rights recognised and the power to make their own choices and decisions over matters that affect their lives.

Advocates help their clients access information to make informed decisions.

If you want to change something in your life but don’t know how to go about it, an advocate may be able to help. We listen to you, and ensure your voice is heard, as we bring expertise and experience to assist with the important matters in your life.

How do I get an advocate?

If you think we can help, contact us and we’ll discuss it.

When you contact us, we will assess your eligibility, and whether the issue is something we can work on.

If think we can assist, we’ll prepare a plan of action with you.

How do I start?

Call us (03) 9489 2999

Useful Information and sites

 National Disability Advocacy Program videos

There is a set of brief youtube videos explaining the advocacy that is funded by NDAP, including the various types of important advocacy work for people with disabilities.

 NDIS Appeals webinar

A webinar on appealing NDIS decisions to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), prepared by Leadership Plus in conjunction with the Rights Information and Advocacy Centre (RIAC)

Information about human rights and disability

The UN has a site devoted to the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disability including the convention in brief and links to the full text of the convention in several formats and languages and easy read versions.  This video explains the convention very well.

Advocacy peak bodies and resource organisations 

DARU, The Disability Advocacy Resources Unit, is a dedicated resource unit funded by the Government of Victoria to work with disability advocacy organisations to promote and protect the rights of people with disability.

SARU, The Self Advocacy Resources Unit, provides resources for self advocacy groups.

Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) is a national not for profit organisation supporting independent disability advocacy organisations in their work of advocating for and with people with disability.

Disability Advocacy Victoria is the peak body for independent disability advocacy in Victoria.

Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) is a national not for profit organisation, supporting and strengthening independent disability advocacy organisations across Australia, and represents the advocacy community to governments, campaigns to support advocacy and supports research in the field.

Acquired Brain Injury organisations

Brain Injury Matters Inc (BIM) facilitates self-advocacy and community education for people living with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). BIM aims to help people living with ABI to realise potential for a full life within a supportive community and to increase community awareness about ABI.

Other advocacy organisations

DARU has a list of all Victorian advocacy organisations.

The Department of Social Services has lists of all agencies providing assistance with NDIS Appeals.