Disability Advocacy

Disability Advocacy is acting, speaking or writing to promote, protect and defend the human rights of people with disabilityDisability includes impairments of physical, sensory or mental functions which may affect undertaking activities or participating in community life.

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is an independent third party which investigates complaints about discrimination and human rights breaches.


The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (the DDA) makes it against the law to treat you unfairly because of your disability. You are also covered if you had a disability in the past, may develop a disability in the future or if people think you have a disability. People who are relatives, friends and carers of people with a disability are also protected by the DDA. 


QAI is an independent advocacy organisation advocating for the protection and advancement of the needs, rights and lives of people with disability in Queensland.  We advocate for systems change through campaigns and submissions directed at attitudinal, law and policy reform. We also provide help to individuals through our three advocacy practices.


National Disability Peak Organisations

ombudsman.jpgCommonwealth Ombudsman – Working with people with disability

The Ombudsman’s office can help people with disability sort out problems with Australian Government agencies.

This includes programs that are specifically for people with disability including:

  • the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • the Disability Support Pension
  • Disability Employment Services

We also take complaints about mainstream Australian Government programs that are delivered to or for people with disability. Some of the most common complaints to our office are about Centrelink payments, child support, Medicare, Australia Post and immigration.

 Click on our Directory webpage for Advocate Services.