Advocacy Sector Conversation – June 2014

This is the second in the Advocacy Sector Conversations forum series that aims to support disability advocates to regularly get together and discuss matters which directly impact on their work, as well as to provide informal time to network. It was held at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre on Thursday 5 June 2014.


Session 1: Safeguarding the rights of people with disability

Whilst the NDIS promises to be a significant area of social reform for people with a disability, how can we ensure that the most vulnerable members of the disability community will have their needs met? Lauren Matthews, Executive Officer at Early Childhood Intervention Australia, and Sarah Fordyce, Policy Manager at National Disability Services (Vic), deliver a presentation on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.



Session 2: Building partnerships

Panel discussion with representatives from New Wave self advocacy group and the ASIST Outreach service in Gippsland. The session, facilitated by Sue Smith, Coordinator of the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU), explore how the provision of independent disability advocacy can be enhanced by building a strong partnership with self advocates.



Session 3: Developing disability advocacy

Incident reporting for disability advocacy organisations: The rules, why we have them and what is your role? The Victorian Department of Human Services give a presentation followed by a group discussion. Join Michael Cromie, Acting Manager, Office for Disability, Department of Human Services and Andrea Grant, Principal Project Officer, Quality and Oversight, Department of Human Services.

Incident reporting for disability advocacy organisations presentation


Tabling of DARU aggregated Victorian Disability Advocacy Program quarterly data for the 2012-2013 year. The report includes an analysis of the quantitative data collected from all Victorian Disability Advocacy Organisations sourced from Quarterly Data Collection (QDC) reports,

Go to “By The Numbers”



Session 4: Q&A with Office for Disability

This session is an open forum to allow people to raise any issues of concern with representatives from the Office for Disability.


Thursday 5th June, 2014

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