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Disability Services Commissioner -The Disability Services Commissioner was established on 1 July 2007 under theDisability Act 2006  to improve services for people with a disability in Victoria through assisting in the resolution of complaints raised by or on behalf of people who receive services.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission – The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body with responsibilities under three laws: Equal Opportunity Act 2010Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

DiVine – An community for and by people with a disability

Office of the Public Advocate – The Victorian Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) provides services to protect and promote the rights, interests and dignity of people with disability (specifically intellectual impairment, mental disorder, brain injury or dementia) living in Victoria.

Disability Advocacy Resource Unit DARU – The resources that DARU provides aims to support the Disability Advocacy sector and Disability Advocates through disseminating relevant and up to date information, organising forums around the state so that there is a coordinated approach to issues of concern, providing professional development opportunities and undertaking capacity building projects on behalf of the sector.

Self Advocacy Resource Unit SARU –  Self Advocacy Resource Unit to resource and assist Victorian self advocacy groups in Victoria for – People with an intellectual disability, People with an acquired brain injury, and  People with complex communication support needs

Every Australian Counts – The NDIS is a national scheme to provide targeted support and better coordination and access to services for people with disabilities.

Disability Loop – Disability Loop is a way to find out more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Infoxchange Service Seeker – Australia’s most extensive directory of community support services providing access to 358,137 health, welfare and community service record

 Disability organisations

AMIDA Action for More Independence & Dignity in Accommodation -Advocacy, Self Advocacy, Rights, Accessibility & Community Living for People with a Disability.

Communication Rights Australia -Communication Rights Australia is a leading government funded Human Rights Advocacy and Information Company limited by guarantee and registered charity.  Our mission is to strive for a world free of discrimination for the people we represent – people who have communication or speech difficulties and are disenfranchised.

Disability Advocacy & Information Service -DAIS is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a board of management.  The services of DAIS are free, providing advocacy support and information to anyone with a disability, to ensure equality of rights and increased integration into the community.

Disability Advocacy Victoria – Disability Advocacy Victoria Inc. (DAV) – formerly known as Victorian Disability Advocacy Network (VDAN) – was established in 2003. DAV is the peak body for independent disability advocates in Victoria.

Disability Discrimination Legal Service– The Disability Discrimination Legal Service Inc (DDLS) is a statewide independent community legal centre that specialises in disability discrimination legal matters.

Down Syndrome Association Victoria – Down Syndrome Victoria is a membership organisation. We provide parents, families, professionals and friends of people with Down syndrome with support, encouragement, information and resources.

Leadership Plus – Leadership Plus is an innovator in diversity inclusion – focusing on leadership and capacity building, consultancy, advocacy, training and employment.

Reinforce Inc – Reinforce is a self advocacy organization for people with an intellectual disability. Reinforce is here to assist, support and encourage independence for people with an intellectual disability.

VALID – The Victorian League for Individuals with a Disability is an advocacy group for adults with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Villamanta Legal Service – Villamanta is a Community Legal Service operating throughout the state of Victoria on disability related legal and justice issues for people who have a disability.  Our focus is on intellectual disability.Villamanta’s mission is to protect and advance the rights of Victorians who have a disability, by advising, informing and representing them and acting as an advocate on disability related legal and justice issues.

Youth Disability Advocacy Service – Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is a state wide advocacy service for young people with disabilities in Victoria. We are the only advocacy service in Australia which exists specifically to work directly with young people with disabilities to achieve their human rights.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Organisations

Aboriginal Resource Guide – Western Metro Region Melbourne – to download Guide go to –

Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre


Culturally and Linguistically Diverse People/Community Organisations

ADEC  Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc. (ADEC) is a state-wide organisation that strives to empower people with a disability from Non-English speaking backgrounds, their carers, and families to fully participate as members of the Victorian community.

Migrant Information Centre The Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne) (MIC) has been assisting refugees and migrants residing in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne to understand Australian life, integrate into a multicultural community and access services since 1999