Disability Advocacy – Looking for information:
Please phone the statewide centralised phone advice and referral service to support all people with disability
Queensland Advocacy for Inclusion
Phone: 1800 130 582
National Abuse and Neglect Hotline and the Complaints Resolution and Referral Service
Ph. 1800 880 052
Information on reporting or addressing the abuse and neglect of a person with a disability.
Specialist individual advocacy services:
First Nations people with disability
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland
(hosted by ADA Australia)
Phone: 1800 718 969
Amparo Advocacy Inc. – People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
AMPARO Advocacy is a non-profit community organisation which provides independent individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds with disability.
Children and younger people with disability (0-18 years)
Queensland Advocacy for Inclusion
Phone: 1300 130 582
Queensland Individual Advocacy Services:
Speaking Up For You (SUFY): ph. 07 3255 1244
SUFY is an independent, individual social advocacy organisation for people with a disability in Brisbane and Moreton Bay Region including Redlands and parts of Ipswich. Currently assisting with NDIS appeals.
Gold Coast Advocacy Inc.
Gold Coast Advocacy Group is an independent advocacy organisation set up to advocate for vulnerable people with a disability who live in the Gold Coast region.
People with Disability Australia (PWDA)
Ph.1800 422 015 or www.pwd.org.au/
PWDA have advocacy services around Australia, including in Queensland: Logan, Sunshine Coast, Frazer Coast, Bundaberg, Mount Isa, and the Lower Gulf Communities. Call the above number for referrals. Currently assisting with NDIS appeals.
Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy
Citizen Advocacy is a movement which seeks to promote, protect and defend the rights and interests of people who have intellectual disability. The concept calls for the establishment and support of a one-to-one relationship between a person who has intellectual disability, who has unmet needs in one or more important life areas, and a resourceful and principled citizen, who is free from conflict of interest. They make a personal, voluntary commitment to the person to provide some of the emotional and/or practical support required to help meet the person’s needs. Citizen Advocates are recruited, matched, oriented and supported by staff of a Citizen Advocacy Program.
Ph: (07) 5442 2524
Capricorn Citizen Advocacy Rockhampton
Capricorn Citizen Advocacy Rockhampton assist those with cognitive or communication disabilities who may rely heavily on others to support them every day, especially if they are segregated from the general community and become isolated.
Everyone needs justice, acceptance, love, security and control over the course of their lives. From time to time we all need practical support and representation. Unfortunately these human needs are often not met for people with disabilities. This disadvantage and vulnerability creates a need to have someone:
- Is prepared to take action when action is needed
- Will ensure that the person’s interests are understood and effectively responded to
- Is prepared to take the person’s life seriously
- Will look at issues and situations from that person’s point of view
Ph: 07 4922 0299
Independent Advocacy NQ – Townsville
Independent Advocacy in the Tropics Inc. is a community organisation formed in 1989 then incorporated in 1991, to provide advocacy support for people with disability.
Freecall: 1800 887 688
Phone: (07) 4725 2505
Ipswich Regional Advocacy Service (IRASI)
IRASI offers support to community members that are experiencing difficulties relating to a disability or a mental health concern. While we do not provide legal advice, we do offer assistance in communicating with relevant parties and provide support to navigate the processes involved with appearing in court, if needed. We encourage participants to actively engage in the process and promote self-advocacy where appropriate.
Address: 40 South St, Ipswich QLD 4305
The Advocacy and Support Centre – TASC National Ltd
Call: 07 4616 9700
Fax: 07 4616 9777
TASC National ltd provides legal and advocacy services In Toowoomba, Ipswich, Roma and Warwick. They also have an attached psychology and Counselling service. And also have a Coordination of Supports program funded under the NDIS.
Mackay Advocacy Inc. provides free and confidential information and individual advocacy to Mackay, Whitsunday and Hinterland areas.
Rights in Action, Cairns FNQ
Rights in Action is a non-profit, community based organisation that provides strong independent advocacy for people with disabilities who are in vulnerable situations.
Rights in Action strongly supports people where we believe an individual has been taken advantage of or their rights have been infringed upon because of their disability.
Rights in Action provides advocacy assistance to people with disabilities who live in Cairns, Yarrabah, Mareeba and Atherton.
Rights In Action Incorporated is an independent advocacy agency for people with a disability, and part of the National Disability Advocacy Program funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, and the State Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and Queensland Health.
Open Monday to Friday – 9am to 4.30pm
Ph: (07) 40317377
Queenslanders with Disabilities (QDN)
Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) is a state wide organisation of, for, and with people with disability connecting for collective and affirmative action. It is a self-advocacy organisation.
Ph: 07 3252 8566 or 1300 363 783
Address: 338 turbot St. Spring Hill
Further Information Options:
Systems Advocacy Services:
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission – Ph: 1800 035 544.
Contact the NDIS Commission if you have a complaint about NDIS services in all States and Territories.
Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI):
ph. 07 3844 4200, 1300 130 582, www.qai.org.au.
QAI is an independent, community-based systems and legal advocacy organisation for people with disability in Queensland, Australia. They also have a Human Rights Telephone Legal Advice Service for people with an intellectual, cognitive or psychiatric disability. Contact them for more information. They are also providing support to NDIS appeals.
Australian Disability Advocacy (ADA) Australia:
Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia (ADA Australia) is a not-for-profit, independent, community based advocacy and education service with more than 25 years’ experience in supporting and improving the wellbeing of older people and people with disability. Their advocacy services are free, confidential and client focused. ADA Australia also offers a range of education and training options. ADA Australia is able to assist you with a range of specific services. If you:
- Are unhappy with your government residential care, in home care or community care services in Queensland
- Want to know more about the rights and responsibilities of clients
- Are having difficulty with your Enduring Power of Attorney, Guardianship, or administration arrangements
- Wish to lodge a complain about the service you received from ADA Australia or another provider
- You are seeking education for staff in Advocacy, Older Persons Mental health or Guardianship matters.
Information and Advice: Free Call: 1800 818 338 – Between 9.30 – 4 pm Monday to Friday.
Email: email@example.com. Website: www.adaaustralia.com.au/
Women with Disabilities Australia
WWDA have undertaken many important and informative research projects that focus on the needs of women with a disability.
Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
National Council on Intellectual Disability
Australian Human Rights Commission
Intellectual Disability Right Service – NSW only
Has been at the forefront of justice issues for people with intellectual disability for over a decade in New South Wales and they have an extensive range of information for lawyers and the general public that you can access. They provide support to people in New South Wales who are going through the justice system. On their website you will find a range of information, resources and research project which inform their work.