Advocacy organisations supporting DSP applications and appeals

Social Security Rights Victoria Inc. (SSRV)

SSRV provides assistance to individuals wishing to claim the Disability Support Pension (DSP). Their office predominantly deals with claims concerning Centrelink entitlements.

o  SSRV is able to help clients understand forms if they provide copies either via post or email. To a limited extent, they can aid clients in completing these forms by clarifying details over the phone.

o   For client’s wishing to claim the DSP but are unsure what their chances of success are, SSRV can assess their individual circumstances and provide their opinion on what they believe to be their likely prospects. This includes guiding them to collect the appropriate evidence necessary to fulfil the legislative requirements.

o   If a client’s DSP claim has been rejected, SSRV is able to direct them to the appropriate review process, and help them draft review documents if needed. In limited circumstances, they do also attend appeals to represent clients.

Service area: Melbourne and Geelong

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Disability Resources Centre (DRC)

DRC is a membership-driven organisation managed and staffed by people with disabilities. They provide individual advocacy for adults with disability. Membership of the DRC is free, and people with disabilities are encouraged to join.

Service area: Melbourne metropolitan region

Outer South-East region – Casey, Cardinia, Frankston, Kingston and the Mornington Peninsula

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Barwon Disability Resource Council (BDRC)

BDRC assists with Centrelink applications and NDIS applications. They advise that it’s helpful for people to start the application process themselves. If they run into difficulties with the application, contact BDRC and ask to be put on the wait list for advocacy.

Service area: Geelong

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Regional Disability Advocacy Service (RDAS)

RDAS assists people with issues dealing with Centrelink, NDIS information (including planning and connecting to services), any human rights issues and justice support assistance. It has previously helped individuals through the DSP process and NDIS applications.  They do not provide legal advice.

Service area: West Wylong, Griffith, Deniliquin and Young in NSW, down to Mansfield, Corryong and Mt Beauty in Victoria, and all the areas in between.

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Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc. (GDAi)

GDAi provides valuable information to people with a disability, families and professionals on vital advocacy support services. It has experience in providing assistance and support for DSP and NDIS applications.

Service area: Gippsland region – Baw Baw, South Gippsland, Bass Coast, Latrobe City, Wellington and East Gippsland

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Leadership Plus

Leadership Plus provides advocacy assistance to people living with various types of disability, with priority given to people with an Acquired Brain Injury; and people from Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Background. For DSP applications, the organisation does not have the capacity to apply on your behalf. However, they can assist people to get advice about appealing a decision and possibly supporting them through the appeals process.

Service area: Greater Dandenong, Kingston and Casey

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