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