What we do

AFDO is a Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO).

A DPO is an organisation that is controlled by people with disability (at least 51% of people with disability at the Board and membership levels).

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.

Our current 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.

Our current policy priorities are:

1. Violence, Abuse and Neglect of people with disability

2. Access to Justice

3. People with disability in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

4. Affordable Housing

5. Better Health for people with disability

6. Public Transport

7. Advocacy and Inclusion


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.

Please note that 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.