Disability advocacy and self help

The Victorian Government helps to promote the participation and voice of people with a disability by funding disability advocacy and self-advocacy organisations.

Disability advocacy and self-advocacy organisations play a vital role in promoting and advancing the rights of people with a disability.


Disability advocacy provides assistance and support to ensure that:

  • The rights of people with a disability are upheld as valued members of the community
  • People with a disability actively participate in decision making processes, particularly those where the outcomes impact on their lives
  • The needs and views of people with a disability are presented to government, service providers and the broader community

The need for advocacy can be identified in a number of ways. Advocacy is provided when requested by people with a disability. Family or carers might also request advocacy support, when appropriate.

Advocacy strategies may include:

  • Acting with, or making representation on behalf of, people with a disability
  • Referrals to appropriate bodies to effect the resolution of complaints
  • Influencing policies and practices to promote fair treatment and social justice for people with a disability.


Self-advocacy plays a significant role in enabling people with a disability to develop the skills to ensure that their rights and interests are respected and realised.

For people with a disability self-advocacy is about:

  • Speaking on one's own behalf
  • Understanding rights
  • Making real choices
  • Learning new skills

Disability Advocacy Innovation Fund

The Victorian Government has allocated grants to 15 disability advocacy organisations to strengthen the sector's capacity as part of the $1.5 million Disability Advocacy Innovation fund.

The grants will support organisations through the Victorian Disability Advocacy Program to deliver 21 initiatives to engage diverse isolated people with a disability, manage demand and strengthen systemic advocacy.

The successful grants recipients were selected after a call for submission process.

To find out more read the summary of the Victorian Disability Advocacy Innovation Fund grant recipients below.

Victorian Disability Advocacy Program Review

In August 2015 the department commenced a review of the Victorian Disability Advocacy Program to look at the effectiveness of the current advocacy models and examine the benefits and risks emerging from a range of inquiries and policy reform including the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

A copy of the summary of the review findings is available to download below and next steps.


Office for Disability

General enquiries:
Tel: 1300 880 043
Email: disabilityadvocacy@dhhs.vic.gov.au

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