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A community for and by people with a disability.
Australian Human Rights Commission
Human Rights Commission investigates alleged infringements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission administers three pieces of legislation. They are The Equal Opportunity Act 1995, The Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 and The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities 2006. The Commission helps resolve disputes, provides education and conducts research. It is not a tribunal or court, but helps people resolve complaints by mutual agreement.
InfoXchange Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that works for social justice and social equality by empowering people through access to technology.
InfoXchange Australia works to provide Information Communication Technology (ICT) to vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and communities, and the community sector organisations that, through service delivery or advocacy, support them.
The Office of the Public Advocate
Ph: 1300 309 337
The Office of the Public Advocate aims to promote the rights and dignity of people with disabilities, and to strengthen their position in society. OPA can investigate problems and, if necessary, use special authority to make enquiries on behalf of people with disabilities where there are fears for their safety or concerns about their interests.
VALID (The Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability Inc.)
Ph: 9416 4003
VALID is a disability advocacy organisation committed to the vision of an Australian nation in which people with disability are empowered to exercise their rights – as human beings and as citizens – in accordance with the United Nations Declarations on Human Rights and the Rights of Disabled Persons.
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal deals with discrimination and guardianship and administration.
Vision Australia is a living partnership between people who are blind, sighted or have low vision. Its aim is that people who are blind or have low vision will have access to and fully participate in every part of life they choose. It does this by developing practical solutions to everyday challenges to create exciting lifetime possibilities by providing comprehensive training and easy access to the world’s information.
Victorian Council of Social Services
The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) is the peak organisation of the non-government social and community services sector. VCOSS raises awareness of the existence, causes and effects of poverty and inequality, and contributes to initiatives seeking to create a more just society.
Victorian Deaf Society
The Victorian Deaf Society (Vicdeaf), is a non-profit organisation. It was established in 1884 and is the primary source of reference, referral, advice and support for deaf adults in Victoria. Vicdeaf works collaboratively with a variety of mental health, legal and employment providers, welfare agencies and government departments.
Ph: 1800 014 111
Villamanta is a free statewide legal service that works on disability related legal issues.
Villamanta is committed to providing the best possible service and to making sure that Victorian people, who have a disability, know about the law, and use the law, to get their rights.
Your situation may mean that you need advice from an agency other than GdA.
One or more of the following organisations may also be able to help you.
Disability Discrimination Legal Service
Ph: 1300 882 872
DDLS promotes justice for people with disabilities and offers free legal services, including information, referral, advice, casework assistance, community legal education, and policy and law reform.
Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council
Ph: 9387 8317
VMIAC supports people who are experiencing a mental illness or emotional distress. VMIAC can provide information, advice, individual and group advocacy.
Ph: 1300 362 072
The Commonwealth Ombudsman investigates complaints from people who believe they have been treated unfairly by an Australian Government department or agency, e.g. Centrelink.
AED Legal Centre
Ph: 9639 4333
AED provides legal advocacy to people with a disability in the areas of employment, education and training. Their main purpose is to protect and advance the rights of people with a disability who experience difficulties and/or discrimination in employment or education because of their disability.