AFDO is the lead agent and a member of Disability Australia, a consortium of twelve not-for-profit organisations that unites the representation of people with disability in Australia. We bring together the overwhelming majority of people with a disability in order to work with Government.
Disability Australia organisations have a range of specialist knowledge of disability-specific issues. We work collaboratively on disability issues, media representation, policy development, and share disability knowledge and raise awareness of disability in the community.
The organisations that make up Disability Australia represent over 90% of Australians with disability and 83% of the identified disability groups in Australia. Over 200,000 supporters regularly engage with Disability Australia organisations.
This includes 140 organisations, consumer groups, service providers and carer associations, providing linkages into every part of the community sector. This access to a broad grass roots community makes Disability Australia uniquely placed to bring together the range of perspectives of the disability community and to provide coordinated strategic and specific advice to government.
To learn more about each organisation, please follow the links below.
Disability Australia members
The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is the national voice of people with disability and family organisations in Australia, comprising a membership base of national and state organisations run by and for people with disability and their families representing over 200,000 Australians with disability. AFDO has played a pivotal role in the development of the NDIS including as a founding member of the National Disability and Carer Alliance.
Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is the united voice of Australians who are blind or vision impaired. Blind Citizens Australia was formed in June 1975 and has 11 State and Territory Branches and 2 Special Interest Branches. BCA has over 3,000 individual members covering every State and Territory. Learn more about BCA by visiting their website: Blind Citizens Australia
Brain Injury Australia (BIA) is the central clearinghouse of information and gateway to nationwide referral for optimising the social and economic participation of all Australians living with brain injury. BIA was formed at the first national community-based conference on ABI in 1986. Learn more about BIA by visiting their website: Brain Injury Australia
Deaf Australia is the national peak advocacy and information organisation in Australia for Deaf people who are bilingual - using both English and Auslan (Australian Sign Language). Deaf Australia works under the understanding that many Deaf Australians have varying degrees of fluency in both Auslan and English, but primarily use Auslan as their native or preferred language. Learn more about Deaf Australia: Deaf Australia
Deaf Australia is the national peak advocacy and information organisation in Australia for Deaf people who are bilingual - using both English and Auslan (Australian Sign Language). Learn more about Inclusion Australia by visiting their website: Inclusion Australia (NCID)
Mental Health Australia is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector and committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians. It was established in 1997 as the first independent peak body in Australia to represent the full spectrum of mental health stakeholders and issues. Learn more about Mental Health Australia by visiting their website: Mental Health Australia
Deafness Forum of Australia is the peak national body representing all interests and viewpoints of the one in six Australians who are hard of hearing, Deaf, deafblind, have a hearing loss or a chronic ear or balance disorder, and the families who support them. Learn more about Deafness Forum of Australia by visiting their website: Deafness Forum of Australia
Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) is a national not for profit organisation. DANA is a network of organisations throughout Australia that undertakes or provides individual advocacy, systemic advocacy, self-advocacy, citizen advocacy, legal advocacy or family advocacy. Learn more about DANA by visiting their website: Disability Advocacy Network Australia
Down Syndrome Australia is made up of eight State and Territory associations providing support, information and resources to people with Down syndrome and their families across the country. Down Syndrome Australia represent and progress the needs, interests, and aspirations of people with Down syndrome and those that support them. Learn more about Down Syndrome Australia by visiting their website: Down Syndrome Australia
Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4) is the national grassroots advocacy organisation providing systemic advocacy for people with autism and others (family members and partners) living with ASD. A4 is focussed on the development and promotion of national Autism Spectrum Disorder policy and priorities.Learn more about A4 by visiting their website: Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia
Physical Disability Australia is a national peak Disability Peoples Organisation (DPO) run by people with physical disability for people with physical disability. PDA was founded over 21 years ago and have members from all Australian States and Territories. Learn more about Physical Disability Australia by visiting their website: Physical Disability Australia
Deafblind Australia (formerly Australian DeafBlind Council ADBC) was set up following the National Deafblind Conference in Melbourne in 1993 as an advocacy organisation for people with deafblindness and their families. Deafblind Australia educates members of the public and relevant government organisations about deafblindness. Learn more about ADBC by visiting their website: Australian DeafBlind Council