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Disability Advocacy and the Current bushfire EMergency

Hundreds of charities, not-for-profits and community organisations are doing their bit to counter the effect of Australia’s devastating and continuing bushfire emergencies.

You can access the Disability Advocacy Finder which is a national tool to find a Disability Advocacy Organisation near you: Disability Advocacy Finder

We are sharing some links and resources for you or anyone you know, who has been affected by the current bushfire emergency here:

Bushfire Crisis Information

Givenow’s Bushfire Resources

The latest information about current emergencies can be found at VicEmergency and ABC. Information about relief and recovery centres is also available at VicEmergency




About Us


RIAC began in 1984. RIAC works to make sure that people in Victoria with a disability are able to know and protect their rights and provide people with support and information to ensure that their rights are upheld.

It is part of the National Disability Advocacy Programme (NDAP) funded by the Australian Government. We have multiple programs and you can find out more information ABOUT US here.

Disability Advocacy

What is disability advocacy and why is it important?

Disability advocacy is acting, speaking or writing to promote, protect and defend the human rights of people with disability. The Australian Government, and some state and territory governments, fund independent advocacy to help people with disability who face complex challenges or are unable to advocate for themselves, and do not have family, friends or peers who can support them as informal advocates, to access advocacy support. An independent advocate, in relation to a person with disability, means a person who:

(a) is independent of the organisations providing supports or services to the person with
disability; and

(b) provides independent advocacy for the person with disability, to assist the person with
disability to exercise choice and control and to have their voice heard in matters that
affect them; and

(c) acts at the direction of the person with disability, reflecting the person with disability’s
expressed wishes, will, preferences and rights; and

(d) is free of relevant conflicts of interest


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Our Values

RIAC acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders past and present.

RIAC is committed to: ensuring diversity and equality in regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, disability, religion or belief, marital status, sexual orientation or transgender status.


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