Advocacy Groups

Advocacy groups are groups that will assist you in advocating for your rights if you think a bad decision has been made against you. Advocacy groups can be contacted free of charge and will generally assist and guide you.
Office of the Public Advocate

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The office of the public advocate is an independent body that reports to the Victorian parliament. The public advocate and other advocacy groups promotes and protects the rights and dignity of people with a disability and protects them from exploitation and abuse. The office of the public advocate can speak out about situations where people with disabilities are exploited, neglected or abused. The office of the public advocate is able to make enquiries on behalf of people with disabilities when there are concerns about their safety or interests.

The Disability Services Commissioner

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The disability services commissioner is an independent body that assists in the resolution of complaints raised by or on behalf of people who receive services. The service is free and confidential and works with people with a disability and disability services to resolve complaints.


Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability-Advocacy Groups

VALID is funded by the State Government as an advocacy group for adults with intellectual disabilities and their families.  VALID is managed by an independent Committee made up of people with disability, family members and concerned citizens.
VALID aims to empower people with intellectual disability to:

  • Exercise their human rights and citizenship status within their local communities.
  • Inform and influence the policies and practices of disability service agencies, governments and other authorities.
  • Have control and influence over the decisions and choices which affect their lives.

DARU-Advocacy Groups

DARU is a statewide service established to resource the disability advocacy sector in Victoria.
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.

Office Of The Senior Practitioner

Office Of The Senior Practitioner jeffrey chan-Advocacy Groups The Disability Act 2006 created the position of the Senior Practitioner. The office of the Senior Practitioner is generally responsible for ensuring that the rights of people who are subject to restrictive interventions and compulsory treatment are protected, and that appropriate standards are complied with in relation to restrictive interventions and compulsory treatment. The Senior Practitioner has extensive powers to set standards and guidelines, and to monitor and direct disability service providers in relation to the use of restrictive interventions and compulsory treatment. The function of the senior practitioner is to:

  • Lead best practice in behaviour management strategies and develop standards and guidelines for behaviour management and restrictive interventions
  • Monitor restrictive interventions and the requirements of the Disability Act 2006
  • Provide specialist expertise and secondary consultations to disability support providers in relation to behaviour management and restrictive interventions
  • Develop guidelines and share best practice for supporting people who are subjected to restrictive interventions or compulsory treatment
  • Oversee the Independent Person program
  • Develop partnerships with researchers, professionals and others to undertake research to inform contemporary practice and policy.

Contact information

Senior Practitioner Level 7, 50 Lonsdale St Melbourne Vic 3000 GPO Box 4057 Melbourne Vic 3001 Tel: (03) 9096 8427 Fax: (03) 9096 8017 Email:

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