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Funding To Strengthen Disability Advocacy

Disability advocacy organisations have been given a financial boost to better support people with a disability to access advocacy services.

A key part of the Andrews Labor Government’s state disability plan, Minister for Disability Martin Foley today announced the successful recipients through a $1.5 million Disability Advocacy Innovation Fund.

The Labor Government’s support will ensure Victorians with a disability can genuinely exercise greater choice and control under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The grants will support organisations funded under the Victorian Disability Advocacy Program to deliver 21 initiatives to support Victorians with a disability access an advocate, when they need it.

The funding will enable organisations across Victoria access to advocates, to ensure the needs and rights of people with disability are facilitated within local communities.

A range of initiatives are supporting diverse communities across the state to build partnerships with mainstream organisations and unfunded self advocacy groups.

For more information about the initiatives visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-service-providers/disability/protecting-rights/disability-advocacy

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley

“Advocacy is one of the most important safeguards in protecting and upholding the rights of people with a disability – so we’re making sure their concerns are heard and acted on when needed.”

“More than 50 per cent of this funding will bolster support for disability advocacy in rural and regional areas.”

“For the NDIS to deliver on the promise we made to people with a disability – greater choice and control, we need to make sure they have the tools to enforce their rights.”