The Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) has recently been consulting with advocacy organisations to collect their perspectives and input to inform their recommendations to the Disability Royal Commission. Over the years they’ve collected a great deal of material about how crucial and powerful independent disability advocacy is and can be in the lives of people with disability, and the importance of our country developing a strong, well-supported and represented disability advocacy sector to meet the needs of Australians with disability.

They want to make sure you know that, this month, the Australian Government is encouraging people with disability, their families and carers, disability advocates and other interested stakeholders to share their views on what is important to improve and include in the new National Disability Advocacy Framework 2022-25 (the Framework).

To have your say, you can:

  • write a submission using the submission guide (available in Auslan, Easy Read and some community languages)
  • participate in an online community forum or webinar
  • attend a face-to-face community forum being held around Australia.

The consultations are designed to be open, inclusive and accessible for all members of the community. There will also be other opportunities to be involved in consultation for the Framework, including online workshops with disability advisory groups and disability representative and focus groups with people with disability.

Visit DSS Engage to take part and to find accessible resources to help. The consultation is open until Friday 24 June 2022.

Face to Face community consultations:

Wednesday 15 June 2022 – Mackay, Queensland

Thursday 16 June 2022 – Brisbane, Queensland

Thursday 16 June 2022- Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Friday 17 June 2022 – Darwin, Northern Territory

Tuesday 21 June 2022 – Adelaide, South Australia

Wednesday 22 June 2022 – Mt Gambier, South Australia

Wednesday 22 June 2022 – Perth, Western Australia

Thursday 23 June 2022 – Regional Western Australia (TBC) (Geraldton)

Thursday 23 June 2022 – Melbourne, Victoria

Friday 24 June 2022- Shepparton, Victoria

Tuesday 28 June 2022- Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Wednesday 29 June 2022 – Sydney, New South Wales

Thursday 30 June 2022 – Orange, New South Wales

Thursday 30 June 2022 – Devonport, Tasmania

Friday 1 July 2022 – Hobart, Tasmania

Please note that up to date event information and registration links are available at DSS Engage.