Advocacy organisations for children and young adults

Association for Children with a Disability (ACD)

ACD provides advocacy, NDIS support and information so that families or carers are more able to stand up for their child and their rights. The organisation recognises that some families and carers might require additional support to fully represent their child’s needs. This can be achieved by contacting and participating with the ACD.

Service area: Melbourne and Geelong

Contact information:

ACD support for children and families living in the NDIS trial site is available throughout the week. They travel to Geelong on Thursdays. Please phone ACD Support on 1800 654 013 beforehand to make a time to meet with them.

Phone:  03 9880 7000 or 1800 654 013 (rural callers)

Email: mail@acd.org.au

Address: Suite 1, 587 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills Vic 3127

Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS)

YDAS provides a state-wide advocacy service for young people with disabilities in Victoria. It is continually undertaking systemic advocacy and working on policy issues that are important to young people with disabilities such as housing, independent living, employment and education.

Service area: Victoria wide

Age: 12-25 years

Contact information:

Waiting time: Five working days to get a response

Phone: (Advocate) 9267 3733

Fax: (03) 54435178;

Email: ydas@yacvic.org.au

Address: Level 3, 180 Flinders St, Melbourne, 3000

The Rights Information and Advocacy Centre (RIAC): Strengthening Parents Support Program

The Parents Support Program assists parents and carers who have a child with a disability or developmental delay to meet on a regular basis for mutual support, networking opportunities, information sharing and training.

The PSP provides support to 15 Parent and Carer support groups throughout the Loddon Mallee Region.

Service area: Shire of Campaspe, Central Goldfields Shire, City of Greater Bendigo, Loddon Shire, Shire of Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander Shire, Buloke Shire, Gannawarra Shire, Swan Hill Rural City Council, and Rural City of Mildura.

Contact information:

Waiting time: Five working days to get a response

Phone: Bendigo – (03)544207897

Fax: (03) 54435178;

Email: atsi@riac.org.au

Address: 31 Mackenzie Street, Bendigo Vic 3550

PO Box 2219, Bendigo Delivery Centre, Vic 3554