National disability representative organisations
In late 2017 an open, merit-based selection process was undertaken that resulted in eight organisations being funded under the Disability Representative Organisations program to provide systemic advocacy and representation for Australians with disability.
The program provides funding, from 1 January 2018 – 30 June 2020, to:
- Children and Young People with Disability Australia
- Disability Australia Consortium, which is made up of:
- Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
- Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia
- Blind Citizens Australia
- Brain Injury Australia
- Deaf Australia
- Deafblind Australia
- Deafness Forum of Australia
- Disability Advocacy Network Australia
- Down Syndrome Australia
- Inclusion Australia
- Physical Disability Australia
- Disabled People’s Organisations Australia, which is made up of:
- Mental Health Australia
- National Disability Services
The program provides the capacity for all people, and their representative organisations, to have their views communicated to the Government, regardless of type of disability, gender, cultural background, age or membership.
The funding is to enable organisations to provide systemic advocacy for Australians with disability to:
- promote an understanding of the lives of people with disability
- promote and protect the rights and dignity of people with disability
- support service providers in delivering services to people with disability
- foster support for the participation of people with disability in all aspects of community life.
The disability peak bodies are currently funded at over $2 million per year.
These peak bodies provide advice to the Government on breaking down barriers and improving social and economic participation and engage with a range of ministers and portfolios.