What we do

AFDO is a Disabled Peoples Organisation (DPO).  DPOs are representative organisations where people with disability make up a majority of the overall Board, staff and volunteers in all levels of the organisation.  We are a systemic advocacy organisation working for long-term social change for people with disability, and we work to make sure the rights and interests of people with disability are served through legislation, policies and practices.

A photo of AFDO CEO, Ross Joyce with former AFDO Project Officer, Carl Thompson and Minister Martin Foley MP at NDIS event 2016.

AFDO’s work is focused on:

  • building an inclusive National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and making sure that people with disability are central to its design and implementation
  • improving the employment outcomes of people with disability in Australia
  • increasing the ability of people with disability and family organisations to make sure they have a say in promoting a truly accessible and inclusive society.


A photo of National Disability Peak Organisation (DPO) Representatives with Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner.

AFDO represents member organisations that are run by people with lived experience of disability. It is a place for these organisations to work together and achieve common goals for people with disability, including:

  • making sure they can take part in all aspects of social, economic, political and cultural life
  • developing respectful and valued relationships
  • providing the opportunity to contribute as valued citizens.

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.