Our Work

Over the last decade, AFDO has provided representation on a wide range of issues that affect the lives of people with disability: from education to employment, transport, health, welfare, community participation and access to justice for people with disability. Our focus has been to inform the development and refinement of legislation through the provision of consumer driven, evidence based policy. We have worked to ensure that the review of current legislation and development of new legislation is fair and representative of people with disability. 

AFDO has been responsible for one of Australia’s largest community engagement projects, the National Disability and Carer Alliance (NDCA) ‘Community Engagement Project’ on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  The project involved 69 Alliance NDIS consultations; with 2,130 people in 35 forums, 18 roundtables and 16 face-to-face consultations held across every state and territory in Australia.

AFDO also contributed to the development of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), led the development of Australia's response to the UN Shadow Report, were a part of the Civil Society delegation in Geneva (2013) and presented in Seoul to the Civil Society delegation to build Disability Peak Organisations (DPO) representative capacity.

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Image of AFDO staff member, Carl Thompson and Former YDAS Manager, George Taleporos

AFDO holds Australia's vote for Disabled Peoples International (DPI).  DPI is the world's ONLY cross-disability Global Disabled People's Organization (DPO).  DPI's goal is to achieve full participation of ALL persons with disabilities in the mainstream of life, through promotion and protection of their human rights. 


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.