Advocacy & Self Advocacy


Disability Advocacy Fact Sheet – This Fact Sheet outlines what disability advocacy is, why it is important and why independence matters (Dept of Social Services).

Principles of Disability Advocacy: Nothing about us without us – The aim of this document is to provide a useful starting point for discussion within advocacy organisations for developing rights based policies and procedures.  This document replaces the Disability Advocacy Code of Conduct that was developed in 2011.

How we talk about disability matters – Understanding models of disability. (DARU)

Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum – This forum series provides a space for advocates to gain practical information and share knowledge by participating in topical, interactive sessions. It’s more imperative than ever to keep abreast with the ever changing disability services and supports landscape and to understand the impacts on disability advocacy practice. (DARU).

Engaging children and young people in your organisation – This resource aims to help organisations involve children and young people in decision making. By New South Wales Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP).

How to be Disability Inclusive – This booklet is a guide to disability inclusion and how to
ensure we can all live and work in an accessible world. © Copyright 2019 Disability Advocacy Resource Unit

Disability Advocacy Finder  Find disability advocacy organisations across Australia using the Disability Advocacy Finder from the Department of Social Services.

Advokit by DANA – A website developed by Disability Advocacy Network Australia Limited (DANA) to support advocacy for people with disabilities in connection with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Taking action on disability discrimination – This booklet discusses the laws and processes that protect people from unlawful discrimination in Victoria (© 2017   Disability Discrimination Legal Service Inc, Published by Disability Advocacy Resource Unit) May 2018.

Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU) – DARU is unique in Australia as a dedicated resource unit funded to work with disability advocacy organisations to promote and protect the rights of people with disability. They develop and distribute resources and provide training opportunities to keep disability advocates informed and up-to-date about issues affecting people with disability in Victoria.

Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability – VALID is the peak organisation in the Victorian disability sector representing adults with an intellectual disability and their families.


Self Advocacy and Diversity: A model for CALD inclusion – This project investigated ways to support the growth of self advocacy
for people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds in Broadmeadows and Shepparton. Findings suggest that there are multiple barriers to people with disability from CALD backgrounds developing self advocacy skills. (DARU)

Voice at the Table – Practical information to ensure people with cognitive disabilities have a real and equal Voice at the Table.

Voice at the Table Model – A high level overview of how the Voice at the Table works to build the capacity of organisations and people with cognitive disabilities to ensure that people with disabilities have a real and equal voice at the table.

Engaging Consumer Advocates –  This resource includes advice on how to pay consumer advocates as well as a position description for an inclusion support person. (Voice at the Table).

Self Advocacy and Safe Story Sharing: A Guide for Organisations – People with disability share their stories of abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination to create change for others.  Sharing stories can be hard; it is emotional work that can leave self advocates feeling upset long after they have finished sharing. Self advocates have created 10 rules for safe story sharing. Please follow these as a guide to help protect self advocates and make sure they get the support they need. Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU).

Group Self Advocacy Partnership Project: Report & model – Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU)‘Many people with cognitive disability and complex communication support needs are discriminated against, and are yet to be fully included in Australian society. Because of this self advocacy groups continue to work to create an equal society where all people are included and respected. This report proposes models for how to successfully run projects in partnership with a range of organisations and self advocacy groups. Download report (PDF)/Download report Easy Read

ASID Podcast – (Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability). This podcast series gives voice to people with intellectual disability. It builds the bridge between the research available in journals about intellectual disability and actual practice and how this translates into real life experience.

Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) – Resourcing self advocacy groups across Victoria.

My Self-Advocacy Kit – By Advocacy for Inclusion to support self-advocacy.

Launchpad – A resource for young people with autism or Asperger’s, and their families