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In his report on disability advocacy funding in NSW, the NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner, Mr Robert Fitzgerald AM, recommended a renewed program of disability advocacy funding for the NSW Government under the Disability Advocacy Futures Program (DAFP).

Starting from 1 January 2022, the DAFP will support the approximately 1.4 million people living with disability in NSW to access NSW Government funded and delivered services.

The DAFP includes three core advocacy services:

  • Individual Disability Advocacy to assist individuals to access services and supports. This includes statewide services for Legal, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and culturally and linguistically diverse disability advocacy, as well as location-based services.
  • Systemic Disability Advocacy to address systemic issues affecting people with disability or particular groups of people with disability.
  • Representative Disability Advocacy - membership organisations run by or on behalf of people with particular disabilities.

DAFP service providers

Individual Disability Advocacy

Legal disability advocacy Intellectual Disability Rights Service
Aboriginal and Torres Strait IslanderFirst Peoples Disability Network (Australia) Ltd
Culturally and Linguistically DiverseMulticultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW
Southern NSW, Illawarra Shoalhaven and MurrumbidgeeACT Disability, Aged Carer Advocacy Service Limited
Northern Sydney and Central CoastAction for People with Disability Inc
Hunter New England, Northern NSW and Mid North CoastAdvocacy Law Alliance Incorporated
Western and Far West NSWAdvocacy Law Alliance Incorporated
Western Sydney and Nepean Blue MountainsAdvocacy Law Alliance Incorporated
Sydney and South Eastern SydneyPeople with Disability Australia Incorporated
South Western SydneyPeople with Disability Australia Incorporated

Systemic Disability Advocacy

All DisabilitiesPeople with Disability Australia Incorporated
Aboriginal and Torres Strait IslanderFirst Peoples Disability Network (Australia) Ltd
Culturally and Linguistically DiverseMulticultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW
Intellectual DisabilityNSW Council for Intellectual Disability
Physical DisabilityThe Physical Disability Council of NSW Inc
Psychosocial DisabilityTo be confirmed
Families and CarersTo be confirmed

Representative Disability Advocacy

  • Blind Citizens Australia
  • Deaf Services Limited
  • Down Syndrome Association of NSW Inc
  • Motor Neurone Disease NSW Ltd
  • Muscular Dystrophy NSW Ltd
  • Spinal Cord Injuries Australia Limited
  • Stroke Recovery Association NSW
  • Synapse Australia Ltd
  • The Institute for Family Advocacy & Leadership Development
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Last updated: 13 Dec 2021