DARU is a statewide service established to resource the disability advocacy sector in Victoria.
DARU Update
11 November 2013

In this issue:

Disability Advocacy In Action


  • Victorian Deafblind Champion Wins BrainLink Women of Achievement Award

    Victorian deafblind Champion Wins BrainLink Women of Achievement Award

    An Ashwood woman who has overcome a lifetime of adversity has today won the 2013 BrainLink Women of Achievement Award.

    Trudy Ryall was born deaf, is legally blind, and suffered meningitis as an infant, but has met these challenges head on to become a champion for the deaf and blind community and has dedicated her life to numerous advocacy and support groups.

    Ms Ryall was judged winner of the award ahead of two other finalists – Jenny Howell- Clark, a Melton mum who founded the adult make-a-wish organisation The Orange Pigeon, and Natalie Houghton, a Barwon Heads activist who promotes humane education.

    The award winner was announced to more than 300 guests at the BrainLink Women of Achievement Award lunch at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne today.

    Ms Ryall, 48, was recognised for being an inspiration to others as co-founder of advocacy group Deafblind Victorians and in key advisory roles with the national Let’s Connect project for deaf/blind people, the Victorian Deaf Society, Vision Australia and the Women with Disabilities program.

    She was an adviser to the Federal Government on the development of its National Disability Insurance Scheme and also worked with Brimbank Council on the Leaders of Tomorrow Program.

    Despite her disabilities, Ms Ryall completed high school, became a library technician, undertook several other courses and also became a puppy trainer for Australian Customs. Her own assistance dog, six-year-old Tyson, was one who failed to graduate.

    On receiving the award Ms Ryall said she was greatly honoured, and that the award meant a lot not only for her, but for everyone who had battled against the odds at some stage of life.

    “This award is for everyone with a disability, be they deaf or blind, or people with any other disabilities, such as acquired brain injuries,” Ms Ryall said. “I’ve worked with a lot of people and we’ve fought for equality.

    “While we have made some great strides, there is still a lot of work to do. This award is a nice recognition of what we have achieved so far.”

    BrainLink chief executive officer Sharon Strugnell said that Ms Ryall is a worthy recipient of the Women of Achievement Award as she personified the nature of the award, in going above and beyond expectations to help others.

    “Trudy demonstrates strength, courage and persistence that is simply amazing in the face of challenges most people never experience,” Ms Strugnell said. “Her work with, and for, other people in the community is admirable and she takes every opportunity with both hands. As such, Trudy is very worthwhile winner of the Women of Achievement Award.”

    The award, now in its 16th year, offers a unique opportunity to acknowledge and encourage Victorian women as leaders with outstanding outcomes, usually in an area of endeavour not often recognised by other women’s business awards.

    The award has gained considerable prestige amongst women in management, the scientific and medical world, the arts, and women who hold multi- dimensional roles in the community. After a process of public nomination, three finalists were selected from which one winner was chosen.

    To qualify for the award, finalists need to be multi-dimensional, display creativity and innovation, commitment and achievement, fulfil a mentoring role and contribute to the community. They also must reside in Victoria and be nominated by a family member, friend or colleague.

    Previous winners include brain injury survivor and ambassador Dr Christine Durham, Lighthouse Foundation founder Susan Barton, stem-cell researcher Dr Orly Lacham-Kaplan, and founder of the Butterfly Foundation, Claire Vickery.

    For further information, contact James Aanensen:
    M: 0410 518 590

    Or Jim Robb:
    M: 0413 833 985

  • Having Trouble Getting the DSP?

    This information session will look at the impact of the 2012 changes to legislation regarding Disability Support Pension eligibility. Disability advocates will  learn about what has changed and how to successfully advocate for clients.

    This session is for Individual Advocates employed by funded advocacy agencies.

    Presentation and discussion will be lead by Deborah Itzkowic., Principal Solicitor from Social Security Rights Victoria.

    Leadership Plus is housed in a heritage building with steps at the entrance, please advise for use of removable ramp when registering.

    Mon 25th Nov, 2013: 2:00pm - 3:30pm,

    Register online

In The News

In the News is provided in the DARU Update to alert readers to stories published in the mainstream media that relate to disability and disability advocacy. DARU provides excerpts and links as information only. We do not endorse or reject any of the statements and opinions they contain.


  • Tireless Advocate of Rights for the Disabled and Champion of the Arts

    The Age, Frank Hall-Bentick, Patricia Cornelius, Fri 8th Nov 2013

    In 1981, Lesley Hall and some mates stormed the Miss Australia Quest. They actually strategically bought tickets, but to imagine them storming through the doors of the St Kilda Town Hall is too delicious. But Lesley definitely stormed the stage.

    She stands right in the thick of the ceremony, flanked by madly grinning beauty contestants who are doing all they can to ignore her and probably all they can to stop themselves from beating her up for having spoiled their day.

    She holds a placard in her hand: ”Spastic Society oppresses women.” It makes good use of the SS reference. It’s a fantastic picture. It’s wonderfully and creatively defiant. The picture is now famous. It has been reprinted in books and is used in gender studies at universities, and don the walls of many people who love its audacity and power.

    It was the International Year of the Disabled Person. Historically, disability support had come under the auspices of charities that were a bone of contention to disability activists such as Lesley, who objected to the charity/institutional perspective of segregation, of being projected as objects of pity and of an odious emphasis on some kind of physical perfection. This radical protest was the first public act to place disability as a feminist issue on the agenda.

    In 1985, Lesley was employed by the Disability Resources Centre to investigate and report to the Australian Human Rights Commission on the rights of residents in Victorian institutions. Her report, Free from this Place, was presented to the AHRC in May 1985.

    She was a board member of DRC, ACL and Victorian Women with Disabilities Network, and previously worked as an arts and cultural development officer at the City of Darebin, where she promoted the inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts. She was a member of The Art of Difference 2009 steering committee, and the chair of Arts Access. She previously served on the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) disability advisory committee and the Victorian Disability Advisory Council. She also represented VDAC on the Department of Human Services’ industry advisory group.

    In September 2008, she was employed as the chief executive of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, where she brought her experience, skills and long commitment to human rights for women, people with disabilities and indigenous people to the organisation’s national and international work.

    She demanded better and more powerful representation of artists with disabilities. Veronica Pardo from Arts Access says: ”Lesley was instrumental in driving an ambitious and transformative strategic agenda, to change the way the arts and cultural sector engages with people with a disability, as both practitioners and audience.”

    She was a truly exceptional daughter, sister and friend who will be dearly missed. She leaves an important legacy in the form of a call to continue to fight, to storm the gates of the institutions, to attend the rallies, to lift our voices and our fists up high against what’s not right, to resist with all our might, to demand decency and equity and for all, a better life.

    Read the full story...
  • Decline in Disability Alternatives has Parents at Breaking Point

    The Age, Rachel Browne, Wed 6th Nov 2013

    Parents of children with profound disabilities are being compelled to do a ”DOCS dump” due to a lack of support, a new report says.

    The report by Anglicare Sydney recommends state funding for a shared care residential school model in which children would be in care during the week and with their families on the weekend.

    About 100,000 Australian children have an intellectual or developmental disability, according to the Anglicare report, which found there had been a rapid decline in suitable residential placement for disabled youngsters with no alternatives provided.

    Anglicare Sydney made the recommendations after revealing distressing rates of depression, suicidal thoughts and financial destitution among parents of children with disabilities.

    Director of advocacy and research at Anglicare Sydney, Sue King, said three parents in the study, to be released on Wednesday, had surrendered their children to the state after reaching breaking point.

    Read the full story...
  • Work Struggle for Those with Disabilities & Diabetes

    Pro Bono News, Mon 4th Nov 2013

    Almost half of Australians who have a disability and diabetes say they are permanently unable to work, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

    The report, Diabetes and disability: impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions and comorbidities, also shows that people with diabetes are twice as likely to have a disability as people without diabetes and that more serious disabilities are more common in people with diabetes.

    AIHW says disability refers to any impairment, activity limitation or participation restriction. This could range from minor restrictions in everyday activities to profound sensory loss such as sight.

    The most common disability was restriction in physical activities or work, and AIHW spokesperson Susana Senes said the combination of diabetes and disability had a big impact on employment participation.

    read the full story...
  • Income Boost for Pensioners as Deeming Rates Lowered

    Government Media Release, Hon Kevin Andrews, Minister for Social Services , Fri 25th Oct 2013

    More than 740,000 Australian pensioners will benefit from the lowering of the social security deeming rates from 4 November 2013.

    The Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, said the deeming rate will decrease to 2 per cent from 2.5 per cent for financial investments up to $46,600 for single pensioners and allowees, $77,400 for pensioner couples and $38,700 for each member of an allowee couple.

    The upper deeming rate will decrease to 3.5 per cent from 4 per cent for balances over these amounts.

    “The deeming rules are a central part of the social security income test,” Mr Andrews said.

    “They are used to assess income from financial investments for social security and Veterans’ Affairs pension/allowance purposes.

    “This announcement means that part-rate pensioners and allowees will have less income assessed from their investments and receive a boost in Government income support.

    Payments affected by the deeming rates include means tested payments such as the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment, income support allowances and supplements such as the Parenting Payment and Newstart, paid by the Department of Human Services and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

    For more information on deeming see:

    Read the full story
  • New Disability Accommodation Charge to Provide Simplicity, More Transparency, Greater Certainty

    Government Media Release, Mary Wooldridge Minister for Mental Health, Women's Affairs and Community Services, Tue 29th Oct 2013

    A new board and lodging fee for government-managed disability accommodation will be simpler, more transparent and provide greater certainty for residents.

    Minister for Disability Services and Reform Mary Wooldridge said that following broad consultation, a new Board and Lodging fee will be implemented in early 2014 for 2,100 residents in government-run accommodation.

    The new fee bundles all existing charges into a single, transparent fee that includes the cost of a person’s rent, utilities, communications including telephone, communal furnishings and whitegoods, food, general household consumables, household equipment and utensils and bedding and linen.

    This fee will incorporate expenses that can vary significantly such as electricity and other utility bills, providing residents with greater certainty in relation to their disposable income.

    The changes will also enable people with disability living in government-managed disability residential services to access and contribute Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) towards the cost of their residential charge.

    The changes do not implement the previously proposed fee increase of 75 per cent of the disability support pension. The only impact on a resident’s disposable income will be adjustments for cost-of-living increases equivalent to adjustments in the Disability Support Pension.

    In order to assist the transition to the new Board and Lodging fee, the government is seeking to amend the Disability Act 2006 to clarify the role of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in relation to setting fees for disability residential services.

    To be introduced to Parliament this week, the amendments will ensure government and nongovernment providers can make fee adjustments reflecting income from CRA, as well as cost-of-living increases.

    Residents or their administrators will retain their rights to apply for a VCAT review of fee hchanges. However, if a residential fee change makes adjustments for cost-of-living increases or CRA, VCAT must dismiss it.

    Ms Wooldridge also announced that the Coalition Government is initiating a review of residential fees in supported accommodation.

    The review will provide advice on the development of a fair and equitable fee structure for residential services as disability support transitions to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

    Issues to be examined include charging models; the impact on residents of other disability related costs such as fees for day services and transport; hardship policies; and opportunities to improve processes and reduce administrative burden.

    Service providers and disability advocates will be consulted in the review process, which will be conducted by the State Services Authority.

    Rhead the full story...

There is more news, opinion and discussion on the broader disability sector available online at:

New Resources Available


  • Travelling Chair - Disability Access Made Easier

    This online resource aims to make it easier for people with a disability to get out and about without anxiety about access to buildings, public places, and generally anywhere that people go. The website can be used on any device connected to the internet.

    Reviews are posted by people with a disability or family members, and cover physical, hearing and visual accessibility. Venues are predominantly located in the Melbourne CBD, however people anywhere in Australia are encouraged to post reviews on the site and to use the site when planning your day.

    For more information, visit the website or contact Disability Media Australia on (03) 9663 7158.

    Travelling Chair website
  • State of The World’s Children 2013: Children with Disabilities

    The 2013 edition of The State of the World’s Children is dedicated to the situation of children with disabilities.

    The Report lays out some of the key elements of inclusive societies that respect and protect the rights of children with disabilities, adequately support them and their families, and nurture their abilities – so that they may take advantage of opportunities to flourish and make their contribution to the world.

    Download Report
  • NDIS News - Issue 4

    In this issue:

    • Message from the CEO
    • NDIS rebranding update
    • Assistant Minister for Social Services meets the Board
    • In memory of Lesley Hall
    • International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD)
    • NDIS webinar – 6 November
    • Regional update from Tasmania
    • Meet Agency staff
    • Regional events
    • NDIS News – Have your say
    Read the newsletter online

Funding Opportunities


  • Victorian Women's Governance Scholarship program 2014

    The program is aimed at increasing the knowledge, skills and confidence of Victorian women to enable them to join private, public and community sector boards and to effectively contribute as a Director. It is anticipated that benefits may also flow to participating community and not-for-profit organisations through better governance practices.

    This program will award 34 full fee scholarships (not including accommodation and travel costs) to high-calibre women to undertake the Company Directors Course.

    The scholarship recipients will also receive 12 months membership of the Australian Insitute of Company Directors.

    Visit the website to find out more about eligibility criteria and how to apply. Applications close 16 December 2013.

    Scholarship information website
  • Community Grants 2014 - Applications Open

    The City of Melbourne Community Grants funds schools, sport and community organisations to deliver projects that improve people’s lives.

    The community grants have undergone some changes.  The website has details on eligibility criteria, how to apply and booking yourself in for an information session.

    Round 2 applications are open from 14 October to 18 November 2013.

    Community Grants website
    Community Grants 2014 - Applications Open

Inquiries and Campaigns


  • NDIS Information Survey

    National Disability Services (NDS)

    NDIS Information overload or not enough? How important is the right information about the NDIS to you and your family?

    NDS have put together this short survey to find out your NDIS information needs. Please take 7 minutes to complete. We value your voice.

    The results will be publishedh in mid November.

    Complete the survey and add your contact details to go in the draw to win an ipad mini.

    Go to Survey
  • Experience of CALD and Non-English Speaking People with a Disability Accessing Employment Survey

    National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)

    NEDA is currently conducting a survey of the experiences of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and/or non-English speaking backgrounds with a disability in accessing Disability Employment Services (DES). NEDA hopes to gain the feedback of users and non-users of DES and find ways to further improve support services for individuals from NESB and/or CaLD backgrounds with a disability, as well as to better employment pathways in increasing workforce participation for individuals from NES and/or CaLD backgrounds with a disability.

    We are seeking the participation of as many people from CaLD/NESB backgrounds with a disability.

    For more information about this survey, contact NEDA on:
    T: 02 6262 6867
    E: rpo@neda.org.au

    Go to survey
  • Maribyrnong Inclusive Recognition Awards (MIRA) 2013 Nominations are now open.

    Maribyrnong City Council

    Do you know a person, group, business or not-for-profit agency who has made an outstanding contribution to improving the quality of life for people with disability? Nominate them for a M.I.R.A! Awards will be given for personal achievement, arts, sports, business and volunteering. Indigenous and multicultural individuals and groups are strongly encouraged to nominate volunteers, staff and programs for these Disability Awards.

    Awards will be presented at a special M.I.R.A. celebration including delicious refreshments, stalls, dancing and music at Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray on Friday 6 December, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

    MIRA Nominations close Friday 22 November 2013. (please note that late nominations will not be accepted).

    For more information or if you have any queries about MIRA please contact Liz Wright, MetroAccess Officer:
    T: 9688 0200
    E: MIRA@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

    Download guidelines and nomination form
  • Disability on Television: Access, Representation and Reception

    Researchers in the Internet Studies Department at Curtin University request your participation in a study that will help us understand potential benefits and challenges of the digital television switchover for Australians with disabilities. This research involves a number of phases across several years. The first phase is an online survey which is now open.

    The survey will help us understand what Australians with disabilities think about the representation of disability in television news and entertainment programs but also the types of accessibility options that will enable greater access to this medium for people with disabilities.

    The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete. Participation in this project is completely voluntary. You can refuse to answer any question and you can stop participation at any time.

    The survey is available in any format that would be most accessible to you, including verbally. If you would like to be called, please contact Senior Researcher Katie Ellis at Katie.ellis@curtin.edu.au..

    Go to survey
  • Experiences of People with Disabilities Reporting Crime Project

    Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human rights Commission

    The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is conducting research into the experiences of people with disabilities in Victoria reporting crime.

    This research is only looking at crimes against the person. These include assault, family violence, sexual assault, indecent assault, and causing serious injury. This covers crimes that happen at home, on the street, on transport and in services, including disability services and hospitals.

    Over the next 12 months, the Commission will be gathering information from people with any type of disability, including mental health disability. Carers, family members, social workers, service providers and police.

    We will publish a report on our findings, including recommendations for action, in 2014.

    A Reference Group oversees the project and includes representatives of the Office of the Public Advocate, Disability Services Commissioner, Victoria Police, Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability, Victims Support Agency, Women with Disabilities Victoria, University of Ballarat and the VEOHRC Disability Reference Group.

    Project website
  • Stop Sexual Assault of Women in Psychiatric Care Petition

    change.org, Hilary Bowman & Genevieve Stewart

    Like any patient, women with mental illness expect the hospital to be a safe place for healing. The experiences of women in Victoria’s psychiatric institutions paint a distinctly darker picture. Instead of being sanctuaries, psychiatric hospitals across Victoria are rife with sexual abuse, harassment, and neglect.

    A recent Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) report shows 45% of women in Victorian psychiatric hospitals have been sexually assaulted and/or raped while in care. 67% have experienced sexual harassment. 85% say they feel unsafe.

    We call on the State Government of Victoria, Premier Denis Napthine and Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge to implement the VMIAC report’s recommendations without hesitation. This is a state of emergency.

    Sign the petition

Upcoming Events


  • Making it Possible Parent Workshops

    This is the last workshop for 2013.

    How you can think, plan and achieve goals for your child and family

    How can you create a fulfilling life with choices, purpose, friendship and happiness? If you want to take the lead in achieving these goals for your child (0-18) and family, then this workshop is for you!

    Build on the strengths and skills you already have as a parent to better identify, plan and achieve your goals.

    Our presenters are parents of a person with a disability so they do understand issues from a family perspective.

    Wed 13th Nov, 2013: 9.30am – 2.45pm, Upwey

    Cost: $20 - ACD members | $40 - non-members | $50 - family

    Register online

    More information

  • Values and Attitudes in Action

    “We need people to treat us well, not because they are told to… but because we are PEOPLE” – Maree Ireland, Coordinator Communications, field

    This one day workshop provides an opportunity for disability support workers to explore and reflect on the values that underpin working in the disability sector. It is designed to assist workers to become more conscious and reflective in their day to day interactions.

    Wed 13th Nov, 2013: 9:30am - 4:30pm, Melbourne CBD

    Cost: Early Bird $240 (plus gst, available til the 25th Oct) | $280 full (plus gst) | $120 concession (plus gst).

    Register online

    More information

  • Foundations for Building a Good Life

    This event will cover the key dimensions necessary to support meaningful and purposeful lifestyle development. It will assist those involved in supporting people with a disability to make plans and actions towards enabling individuals to realise their aspirations and goals.

    Planners, managers, professionals, human service workers, people with a disability, family members, allies, advocates and others interested in authentic and meaningful lifestyle development for people with a disability & other marginalised people will find this a valuable session.

    Includes morning/afternoon tea & lunch

    Thu 14th Nov, 2013: 9:00am - 4:00pm, Elsternwick

    Cost: Concession $50.00 (GST inc.) | Standard $220.00 (GST inc.) | Bursaries available

    Register online

    More information

  • Strategic Thinking

    This interactive course will provide a strategic thinking framework which attendees can put into practice in both their professional and personal lives.

    Strategic thinking is central to successful policy development and service delivery in the increasingly complex environment in which the public sector operates. This half day course explores a framework for approaching your day-to-day work more strategically. Irrespective of your role, it will assist improve your capacity to tackle any task that involves planning for change. You will apply the Strategic Thinking Framework to a range of professional activities in the public sector, including policy development, service delivery, advocacy, and stakeholder relationships.

    Presented by Dr Dahle Suggett, Director PTR Consulting and Principal Fellow, Education Faculty, University of Melbourne and Ian Porter, Chief Executive Officer, Alternative Technology Organisation

    Fri 15th Nov, 2013: 9:30am - 2:00pm, Melbourne CBD

    Cost: Personal Member - $350.00 | Corporate IPAA Member - $460.00 | Non Member - $680.00

    More information

  • Cross Cultural Awareness & Communication

    This course provides an excellent overview to understanding & communicating with people from cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

    This session is for direct services workers, administrative staff and co-ordinators /managers who communicate or work with people of CALD backgrounds.

    Wed 20th Nov, 2013: 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Northcote

    Cost: $165.00 per person (incl. GST)

    Register online

  • The World Hearing Voices Congress – Journeys to understanding – Sharing experience, expertise and wisdom.

    Led by voice hearers, but inclusive of every mental health profession, family, friends, partners and carers. Learn from those with lived experience, leading researchers and recovery practitioners, community and clinical professionals. Confront stigma, myths and old assumptions about voices.

    Congress themes: Understanding the meaning in madness; innovative research and practice; opening new doors for families, friends and carers; a new era in collaborative consumer leadership; learning together, inviting curiosity about voices.

    Presented by Intervoice and Voices Vic, Prahran Mission.


    Wed 20th Nov, 2013: 9.00am , Melbourne

    Cost: Various - please see website for fees

    Register online

    More information

  • U Talk Forum

    Yooralla is setting up an advisory group that will provide feedback on how services might be improved, strengthen and safeguard the rights of people with disabilities. People with disability, families, carers and independent advocacy organisations who are interested in being involved are encouraged to come along to this information forum.

    Wed 20th Nov, 2013: 11:00am with 10:30am registration start, Melbourne

    More information

  • Assertive Communication Skills Workshops

    Do you find it difficult to be assertive? Do you find it difficult to say no? Do you find it difficult to receive criticism. Does this result in conflict in your relationships or workplace?

    Assertive communication will help you reduce workplace conflict, assist you with the skills to speak up at meetings and deal with difficult conversations.

    This one day workshop is designed to help people to communicate assertively and to be comfortable with assertiveness.

    Mon 25th Nov, 2013: 09.30 am to 04.30 pm, Shepparton VIC
    Wed 27th Nov, 2013: 09.30 am to 04.30 pm, Fitzroy
    Fri 29th Nov, 2013: 09.30 am to 04.30 pm, Ballarat

    Cost: $250 + GST. $225 + GST for 2 or more attendees

    Download registration form

    Register online

    More information


  • Winning Presentation Skills; How to Present with Confidence and Poise

    The ability to speak and present confidently to a group of people is one of the most valuable skills you can have in your work and everyday life. Public speaking is the key to educating, persuading, influencing, leading and moving an audience to your way of thinking. Effective public speaking helps to demonstrate leadership.

    This one day workshop is designed to help you be comfortable on the platform, maximise your message, grab your audience’s attention, build rapport and have impact.

    Tue 26th Nov, 2013: 09.30 am to 4.30 pm, Shepparton VIC
    Wed 27th Nov, 2013: 09.30 am to 4.30 pm, Fitzroy VIC
    Fri 29th Nov, 2013: 09.30 am to 4.30 pm, Ballarat VIC

    Cost: $250 + GST. $225 + GST for 2 or more attendees

    Download registration form

    Register online

    More information

  • Sector Reform Strategic Planning Session for VCOSS Members

    The Service Sector Reform project aims to improve how government and the community sector work together to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians.

    VCOSS is inviting CEOs and Senior Managers from our member organisations to a strategic planning session on sector reform. The session will allow for VCOSS members to shape our strategic priorities for Service Sector Reform and our approach to the Community Sector Reform Council.

    An agenda and other materials for the day will be circulated to participants prior to the event.

    For more information about becoming a VCOSS Member, email  members@vcoss.org.au. or visit:

    Wed 27th Nov, 2013: 9:00am - 1:00pm, CBD

    Cost: Free for VCOSS Members

    More information

  • Connecting Communities

    Technology continues to play a critical role in enabling not-for-profit organisations to advance social and economic change, and deliver transformative programs and services. Connecting Communities is a one-day event which focuses on how ICT can transform the efficiency and effectiveness of your organisation and help deliver better social outcomes.

    This day is designed for CEOs, Board members, Finance, Fundraising and Communications Managers or others with a role in IT decision making within your not-for-profit, charity or community organisation.

    This free event is hosted by Microsoft and supported by Connecting Up, Infoxchange and TechSoup Global.

    Wed 27th Nov, 2013: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Southbank

    Register online

    More information

  • Thinking and Speaking "Off The Cuff"; How to Speak without Notice

    The Thinking and Speaking off the Cuff workshop will put you ahead of the rest in terms of your ability to respond off the cuff, speak without notice, impromptu speaking and respond to questions from an audience. This one day workshop is designed to help you think and talk on your feet in situations that may arise unexpectedly, or without notice.

    Thu 28th Nov, 2013: 09.30 am to 4.30 pm , Fitzroy

    Cost: $250 + GST. $225 + GST for 2 or more attendees

    Download registration form

    Register online

    More information


If you have an event that would be of interest to the disability advocacy sector, you can submit your event directly to the Events Calendar on the DARU website by completing the Submit an Event form available at: http://www.daru.org.au/submit-an-event. Events submitted will also appear in the DARU Update.

DARU has been funded by the state government. It is run by a governance group, including members of Disability Advocacy Victoria (DAV) and the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS). DARU’s staff currently includes a Co-ordinator, Robyn Gaile, and an Administration Officer, Natasha Brake.

Robyn and Natasha are always happy to hear from people who are interested in what we do. If you have a question, an idea, some news you’d like to see in the next update, or even if you just want to tell us something we’re doing is good or bad, get in touch! Call us on 03 9639 5807 or email admin@daru.org.au.

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