Disability counselling and advocacy support
Welcome to the Counselling and Advocacy support page.
You might need support from a counsellor or an advocate if you:
- Have experienced or are affected by violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation
- Are thinking about taking part in the Disability Royal Commission
Support is free, independent and confidential.
On this page
- How can you help me?
- Who can I talk to?
- Watch video (with captions)
- Accessible resources
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability
- Support in other languages
- Help to spread the word
- More information
If you have experienced or witnessed violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation, you may need support.
A counsellor can support you to talk about your feelings and emotions in a safe space.
An advocate can help you tell your story, protect your rights and access other supports.
You may be thinking about engaging with the Disability Royal Commission. A support person can help you make choices about telling your story. Getting support does not mean you have to take part in the Disability Royal Commission – it is your choice.
Many people say that counselling and advocacy has helped them.
You can take your time to think about getting support. It’s here for you when you are ready.
Contact the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468 for counselling support, or ask to be connected to a counsellor or advocate near you.
It is available 9am to 6pm weekdays, and 9am to 5pm weekends and national public holidays.
If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, call the National Relay Service (NRS) on 133 677.
If you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or you are concerned for your or someone else’s safety, call 000 immediately.
If you would like to speak to a counsellor or advocate near you, select your state and territory.
Easy Read fact sheet
Auslan fact sheet
Braille and large print fact sheet
- Send an email to DRCsupports@dss.gov.au(link sends e-mail) with your name and address.
Culturally appropriate support is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability and their families.
Indigenous-run support is available in some areas.
To speak to a counsellor or advocate near you, select your state and territory.
Or, call the National Counselling and Referral Service for counselling support or ask them to connect you to a counsellor or advocate near you. Call 1800 421 468 (9am to 6pm weekdays, and 9am to 5pm weekends and national public holidays).
Counsellors and advocates can arrange translations and interpreting for people who need help in another language.
Fact sheet and poster:
- Disability Royal Commission Support Services fact sheet - Indigenous
- Disability Royal Commission Support Services poster - Indigenous
If you need counselling or advocacy support in another language, you can use the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) free of charge. You can call:
- National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468 and ask for an interpreter, OR
- TIS National on 131 450 and ask to be connected to the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468.
Our fact sheet is available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese:
We encourage you to spread the word about these support services so people can get the support they need.
We have a communication toolkit and a range of resources to help get the message out to people with disability, families, carers, and your network.
- Disability Royal Commission support services communication toolkit
- Disability Royal Commission support services social media images
- Disability Royal Commission support services poster
- Disability Royal Commission support services fact sheet
- Your Story Disability Legal Support
- Legal Financial Assistance Scheme for the Disability Royal Commission
- List and map of counselling and advocacy providers
- National Disability Advocacy Program support services finder
- Disability Royal Commission website
- COVID-19 Information and support for people with disability and carers
- Disability Royal Commission Terms of Reference consultation