Advocacy Support

ADEC’s advocacy program assists people living with a disability, their carers and family members to understand their rights, access information and services, and to speak up for what is needed to improve their situation.

ADEC specialises in helping people from diverse cultural backgrounds who are living with a disability.

Our advocates will help you work out what the issue is, what you want to happen and prepare an advocacy plan.  The plan may involve us attending meetings with you and helping you present your view.

ADEC provides:

Individual Advocacy Support 
Short-term one-on-one assistance to help you solve an issue.

Family Advocacy Support 
Short-term one-on-one assistance for carers and families to solve an issue.

Self-Advocacy Support 
Training and information sessions to communities about how to advocate for yourself or your loved ones.

Systemic Advocacy Support
Focuses on making a more inclusive community through legislation, policies and practices for people living with a disability.

Disability Royal Commission  Support 
ADEC is committed to increasing awareness of abuse and preventing abuse in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. We understand the barriers that people with disabilities from CALD communities face while accessing services. We have supported many clients from culturally diverse backgrounds to ask for help from relevant services. We want to encourage people with disabilities from CALD communities to participate in the DRC, which means share their stories to help make a change. For more information click here.

What can our advocates assist with?

  • Advocating and working with clients to resolve their issues with schools, housing, transport, guardianship, NDIS Transition or financial management orders, or Centrelink issues like applying for DSP or Carers Payment.
  • Assisting you to make formal complaints to service providers around disability discrimination
  • Linking to services that will be able to provide ongoing assistance
  • Build the community and individual capacity to advocate for themselves by providing information session to community services providers.

This service is free.

Interpreters can be arranged free of charge.

For further information about this service please contact ADEC on 03 9480 7000 (ext 3) and ask to speak with the advocacy intake team. If you need to make a referral, fill in the form below or email

Contact Intake Form

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