DARU is dedicated to working with disability advocacy organisations to promote and protect the rights of people with disability.

We develop and distribute resources and provide training opportunities to keep disability advocates informed and up-to-date about issues affecting people with disability in Victoria.

Learn more about DARU

Find an Advocate

Directory of organisations for agencies delivering disability advocacy as well as complaints bodies, campaigners, support groups and useful referral and information services.

Our Publications

A collection of information sheets and reports including ‘What is disability advocacy?’, ‘How to be disability inclusive’ and ‘How we talk about disability matters’.

Online Courses

Unaccredited online training that supports skill development for providing human rights based advocacy practice. The courses are self-paced and free of charge.

This forum series provides in depth knowledge on topics that impact disability advocacy practice. Session resources include video, audio, transcript and useful links.

Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference

DARU proudly hosts the advocacy sector’s flagship event each year in Melbourne in partnership with Disability Advocacy Victoria (DAV) and Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS).

Featured videos

DARU produces videos on different topics on the rights of people with disabilities.
You can view our full collection on our YouTube channel.

Featured courses

DARU is pleased to provide free online training. Our courses are primarily targeted to disability advocates, however everyone is welcome to give them a go.

An Introduction to Disability Advocacy


Best Practice in Disability Advocacy


How to be disability inclusive


“The role of disability advocates is a vital part of protecting the rights of people with disability, giving them a voice, and helping them to self-advocate. As frontline workers, advocates have insight and knowledge of when abuse and injustice is taking place.”