What is advocacy?
Broadly, advocacy means supporting the interests of an individual or group, with the aim of promoting and protecting their rights and welfare.
If your disability puts you at risk of being disadvantaged or treated improperly (e.g. pressured to make a decision or choice, or abused, neglected or discriminated against), an advocate can help you represent your interests.
Common types of advocacy include:
- individual advocacy—a one-on-one approach, aiming to prevent or address instances of discrimination or abuse.
- systemic advocacy—working to influence or secure long-term changes to ensure the collective rights and interests of people with disability.
- family advocacy—when a parent or family member advocates with and on behalf of a family member with disability.
Advocacy is not:
- taking over a person's life or problems
- making decisions for another person
- providing mediation.
National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP)
The National Disability Advocacy Program offers people with disability access to government-funded advocacy agencies.
People with disability, carers and their families can use the NDAP Provider Finder to search for advocacy agencies funded by the Australian Government.