I need advocacy
Advocates speak on behalf of or represent someone who is unable to do so themselves. An advocate might be able to help by acting for you or your child in a dispute.
There are groups and agencies provide advocacy services for individuals and groups with disability. If you need someone to advocate on your behalf or provide legal advice, contact an agency to discuss the options available to you.
Rights, discrimination and the law
Find information about your rights and the legislation affecting people with disability. There are levels of service which all Australians can expect, and different state and federal laws govern these. The full text of these laws can be accessed free of charge online, and there are agencies which can provide legal information about your rights over the phone.
If you feel these standards have not been met, there may be legal avenues available to you. The Federal Human Rights Commission or your state’s Equal Opportunity Commission might be able to help you if you have been the victim of discrimination.
How do I make a complaint?
If you feel you or your child has been poorly treated or discriminated against as a result of a disability by a government agency or other organisation, there are services available to handle complaints.
Find out which office is best placed to help you in your area. This may be a state ombudsman, Federal Government department or the Equal Opportunity Commission in your state.