Forum summaries from the popular DARU Advocacy Sector Conversations Forums are now available:
- State Disability Plan consultation This session was dedicated to a consultation process to provide feedback for shaping the next State Disability Plan 2017-2020 The facilitators were Llewellyn Reynders, Policy Manager, and Carly Nowell, Policy Analyst from VCOSS.
- NDIS Opportunities for Organisations training series Catherine McAlpine, Senior Manager of NDIS Disability Loop, from Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) introduced the NDIS Opportunities training series that have been developed to resource and assist small community organisations as they navigate the significant changes the new market environment brings.
- Becoming a NDIS Service Provider Paul Brady, Coordinator at Colac and Otway Ranges Advocacy Service (CORAS), and Carole Okai, Executive Officer at Assert 4 All, will step us through the process in becoming an NDIS Service Provider.
The NDIS Ready webpage from the National Disability Insurance Scheme outlines some key points and helpful links to help you on your track your NDIS readiness: transcripts are also available.
The Child Protection Toolkit has been created by Moores and Our Community as part of our shared commitment to promoting child safety, and helping not-for-profit organisations ensure compliance with the complex web of legislation in this area. The toolkit is designed to be read by school council members, principals and senior teachers, as well as board/committee members and senior managers of any not-for-profit organisation that works with children, though anyone can and should take it upon themselves to ensure every organisation is acting appropriately. Download the Child Protection Toolkit
The Lookout is a ‘one stop shop’ for Victorian practitioners working in family violence covering everything from crisis intervention, best practice response and primary prevention. The website has been developed by Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) and Domestic Violence Victoria (DVVic).
ER Victoria has developed two new resources in 2013 for use by ER workers and community sector workers more generally. The Advocacy Toolkit provides information and resources to support effective advocacy on behalf of ER clients. The Advocacy Brochure provides information in plain language to assist emergency relief clients. The brochure is available in English and 10 other languages (Arabic, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Sinhala, Somali, Tamil, Turkish, and Vietnamese).
The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia have created the Advocacy in Action: A Toolkit for Public Health Professionals, now in its second edition. The toolkit is a practical resource that supports and encourages health professionals and interested organisations to engage in advocacy. The Advocacy in Action toolkit:
Includes examples and case studies demonstrating how advocacy strategies can be applied across different issues,
Offers tips to effectively work with the media, and
Provides practical tools to help you and your organisation advocate on your issue.
Statistics can be a great asset in advocacy. The Australian Bureau of Statistics data on Community Services (2008-2009) is available here: Community Services
Our Community's Advocacy Centre includes links to a range of resources such as help sheets and advocacy tools. Click here to visit Our Community Advocacy Centre
This program demystifies the processes of lobbying and engaging with areas critical to the success and sustainability of community organisations. It is designed to be used as a foundation tool for workshops, group training sessions and for individual women. Each topic has extension activities which can be completed individually or in groups. The kit also includes a resource guide for further information.
- Understanding Government and Parliament gives insights into the processes and protocols of both government and parliament, as well as providing suggestions for interacting with them.
- Introduction to Lobbying gives some start-up suggestions for placing your issue firmly onto the public agenda, plus ideas for influencing key decision-makers
- Getting Media Coverage outlines how to attract the right media coverage to build the public profile of your issues and organisation
DARU is a statewide service established to resource the disability advocacy sector in Victoria. The resources that DARU provides aims to support the Disability Advocacy sector and Disability Advocates through disseminating relevant and up to date information, organising forums around the state so that there is a coordinated approach to issues of concern, providing professional development opportunities and undertaking capacity building projects on behalf of the sector.