About Us

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is the peak organisation in the disability sector representing people with lived experience of disability. Our member organisations are run by people with lived experience of disability. AFDO is the place for organisations that represent people with disability to work together to achieve common goals.

AFDO works to develop a community where people with disability can participate in all aspects of social, economic, political and cultural life. This includes genuine participation in mainstream community life, the development of respectful and valued relationships, social and economic participation and the opportunity to contribute as valued citizens.

AFDO’s current program of work is primarily focused on three priority areas:

  • building an inclusive National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), with people with disability central to its co-design and implementation.
  • improving employment outcomes of people with disability in Australia
  • increasing the capability of people with disability and family organisations and the disability consumer sector to ensure that there is an effective voice for all Australians with disability and their families to ensure a truly accessible and inclusive society.

Picture of AFDO Board member Peter Miller

Image: AFDO Director, Peter Miller at Strategic Planning Day - 2017

AFDO has played a pivotal role in the development of the NDIS including as a founding member of the National Disability and Carer Alliance. This involvement led to the formation of the Every Australian Counts campaign and bi-partisan support for the legislation and introduction of the NDIS.

AFDO and its membership have successfully managed and delivered a range of projects as well as bringing to policy makers the day to day experience and issues faced by people with disability so that there is a strong contribution to national and state reform agendas that further full economic and social participation in mainstream Australian life.


AFDO is a systemic advocacy organisation working for long-term social change to ensure the collective rights and interests of people with disability are served through legislation, policies and practices. 

AFDO does not take on advocacy issues for individuals with a disability or their families/carers. Please follow this link for a list of individual advocacy organisations.