Members

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is made up of member organisations who contribute to the national policy agenda and address issues that impact the lives of people with disability in Australia. We understand that disability specific organisations play a key role in the provision of information and peer support to people with disability and their families. This role keeps them closely connected to their grass roots communities. Each community has its peak organisation that uses its voice to advocate on issues.

If your organisation would like to become a member of AFDO, you can find our membership criteria and application forms here – AFDO Full membership criteria, and AFDO Associate membership criteria.

Full members

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Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4) is a national grassroots advocacy organisation providing systemic advocacy for people with autism and others living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A4 is focussed on the development and promotion of national ASD policies and priorities.

Learn more by visiting Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia.

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Blind Citizens Australia

BCA is the united voice of Australians who are blind or vision impaired. BCA provides information, peer support, individual and systemic advocacy, and consultancy services. Whether you are blind, have a vision impairment, a family member or friend of a person who is blind or vision impaired, BCA is there to assist you.

Learn more by visiting the BCA website.

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Brain Injury Australia

Brain Injury Australia (BIA) provides information and a gateway to nationwide referral for optimising the social and economic participation of all Australians living with brain injury. It was formed at the first national community-based conference on Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) in 1986.

Learn more by visiting Brain Injury Australia.

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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). Deaf Australia advises government, industry, and service providers about the needs and views of Deaf people, and work to improve Deaf people’s access in a range of areas.

Learn more by visiting the Deaf Australia website.

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Deafblind Australia

Deafblind Australia (formerly Australian DeafBlind Council ADBC) was set up as an advocacy organisation for people with deafblindness and their families, following the National Deafblind Conference in Melbourne in 1993. Deafblind Australia educates members of the public and relevant government organisations about deafblindness.

Learn more by visiting the Deafblind Australia website.

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Deafness Forum of Australia

Deafness Forum of Australia is the national peak body representing all interests and viewpoints of the one-in-six Australians who are deaf, deafblind, have a hearing loss or a chronic ear or balance disorder, and the families who support them.

Learn more by visiting the Deafness Forum of Australia website.

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Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA)

DANA supports and strengthens independent disability advocacy organisations in their work of advocating for and with people with disability so that they are valued and included members of the community, their fundamental needs are met, and their human rights respected. 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 by visiting the DANA website.

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Disability Justice Australia (DJA)

Disability Justice Australia Inc is the leading provider of advocacy and support services for people with disabilities.  DJA provide advocacy support to people who have ongoing support needs as a result of disability, and is funded to provide NDIS appeal support to people with disabilities who live in one of the 5 Local Government areas in Victoria – Banyule, Whittlesea, Yarra, Nillumbik, and Darebin.  DJA’s focus is about working with the person with a disability and supporting their needs, rights and interests to address and resolve issues they identify. It is independent of all other services and free of conflicts of interest. There is no charge to use the service.

Learn more by visiting the DJA website.

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Disability Resources Centre (DRC)

The Disability Resources Centre (DRC) is a membership-driven organisation managed and staffed by people with disabilities. It provides individual advocacy for adults with disability, and also work on systemic issues and support campaigns which aim to provide long-term benefits for many people.

Learn more by visiting the DRC website.

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Down Syndrome Australia

Down Syndrome Australia is the peak body for people with Down syndrome in Australia. Its purpose is to influence social and policy change, provide a national profile and voice for people living with Down syndrome. Down Syndrome Australia works collaboratively with the eight state and territory Down syndrome associations to achieve their mission. Its vision is an Australia where people living with Down syndrome are valued, reach their potential and enjoy social and economic inclusion.

Learn more by visiting the Down Syndrome Australia website.

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Enhanced Lifestyles

Enhanced Lifestyles is a not-for-profit organisation which provides in-home and community support services to children and adults living with disabilities. It was formed by, and is governed by people with a disability. Its services are provided in home and are designed to assist people to remain independent within their homes and the community. The organisation was formed in 1990 and was specially formed to offer people choice and control over their services, a revolutionary concept at the time.

Learn more by visiting the Enhanced Lifestyles website.

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Inclusion Australia

Inclusion Australia is the leading national voice on issues of importance to people with intellectual disability in Australia. It works to raise expectations, recognise potential and promotes the value of people with intellectual disability. Inclusion Australia works locally, nationally and internationally, providing policy expertise and advice to drive systemic change.

Learn more by visiting the Inclusion Australia website.

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National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF)

The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF) is a combined national voice for mental health consumers and carers. Members use their lived experience, understanding of the mental health system and communication skills to advocate by providing an informed, strong and unified voice to government, the mental health sector and other identified stakeholders; and ensuring that issues and concerns are acknowledged and addressed as part of the national policy development process in Australia.

Learn more by visiting the NMHCCF website.

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People with Disabilities ACT (PWD ACT)

People with Disabilities ACT (PWD ACT) is a Peak consumer voice for people with disabilities in the ACT.  It represents. promotes and supports the collective interests of people with disabilities, and works to bring about an inclusive society by advocating for the removal of all barriers which prevent people with disabilities from participating fully in community life.

Learn more by visiting the PWD ACT website.

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People with Disabilities WA (PWdWA)

People with Disabilities WA (PWdWA) was established in 1981, and provide non-legal advocacy to people with disabilities. Its advocacy services are available to any person with a disability. You do not have to be a member to access advocacy. All of the advocacy work that PWdWA follows the principals of the National Disability Strategy.

Learn more by visiting the PWdWA website.

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Physical Disability Australia (PDA)

PDA is a national peak Disability Peoples Organisation (DPO) run by people with physical disability for people with physical disability. PDA was founded 21 years ago and has over 1,000 members from all Australian states and territories. Its aim is to enable every Australian living with a physical disability to realise their full potential.

Learn more by visiting the PDA website.

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Polio Australia

Polio Australia represents the needs of the post-polio community and works with passion and professionalism to educate, advocate and achieve recognition for polio survivors.  Their vision is that all polio survivors in Australia have access to appropriate health care, and the support required to maintain independence and make informed life choices. Polio Australia advises governments on policy development and programs in relation to the late effects of polio.

Learn more by visiting the Polio Australia website

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Women with Disabilities ACT (WWDACT)

Women with Disabilities ACT (WWDACT) is a systemic advocacy and peer support organisation run by women with disabilities for women with disabilities. Established in 1995, WWDACT follows a human rights philosophy, based on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Convention on the Elimination of (All Forms Of) Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It works with government and non-government organisations to improve the status and lives of women with disabilities in the ACT and surrounding region.

Learn more by visiting the Women with Disabilities ACT website.

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Women with Disabilities Victoria

Women with Disabilities Victoria is an organisation of women with disabilities in Victoria with a diverse and growing membership. Its members have a range of disabilities, backgrounds, lifestyles and ages.  WDV recognises that women with disabilities are among the most marginalised in our community and empowers women with disabilities to achieve their rights in Victoria. WDV focus on those areas where gender inequity and/or disability have the biggest impact on the capacity of women with disabilities to be respected and to fully experience life.

Learn more by visiting the Women with Disabilities Victoria website.

Associate members

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Accessible Inclusion Matters

Accessible Inclusion Matters (AIM) is based in Adelaide, South Australia, and has representatives in all States and Territories of Australia.  AIM promotes, and advocates for dignity and pride for persons with a disability, and for the human rights of people with disabilities to be on the forefront of political, government and community agendas.

Learn more by visiting the AIM website

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AED Legal Centre

AED Legal Centre is a specialist Community Legal Service operating throughout Victoria.  They provide information, education, advice, and legal representation to people with disability who experience discrimination in the areas of education or employment as well as representation to people seeking review of decisions about their NDIS plans.  AED Legal Centre work to protect the human, civil and legal rights of people with disability.

Learn more by visiting the AED Legal Centre website

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Aspergers Victoria

Aspergers Victoria advocates for the Aspergers/ASD Level 1 community, raises awareness of Aspergers, and provides education and training.  Their mission is to empower Aspergers to have the confidence to realise their own strengths, abilities, dreams and ambitions – and with that independence – while managing challenges across their lives. This empowerment comes from their community of peers. Aspergers Victoria also provides peer group meetings, and information about Aspergers, supports, and opportunities.

Learn more by visiting the Aspergers Victoria website

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Disability Advocacy and Complaints Service of South Australia (DACSSA)

Disability Advocacy and Complaints Service of South Australia Inc (DACSSA) provides free and independent advocacy services that assist to promote and protect the human rights of people living with disability. DACSSA provides individual and systemic advocacy to people living with disability, their families and carers in South Australia.

Learn more by visiting the DACSSA website

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Leadership Plus

Leadership Plus is a community-based organisation providing advocacy assistance and leadership development to people living with disability.  Leadership Plus is a Victorian organisation and their advocacy work prioritises people living with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) as well as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community members living in the Dandenong, Kingston and Casey Local Government Areas of Victoria.  They believe that everyone deserves to have their voice heard, their rights recognised, and the power to make their own choices and decisions over matters that affect their lives.

Learn more by visiting the Leadership Plus website

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National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (NOFASD)

National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (NOFASD) is a family-focused organisation and is the essential bridge linking those with lived experience with researchers and clinicians.  Their mission is to be a strong and effective voice for individuals and families living with FASD, while supporting initiatives across Australia to promote prevention, diagnosis, intervention and management.

Learn more by visiting the NOFASD website

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Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS)

Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is a Victorian organisation that provides individual advocacy for young people with disability aged 12 – 25 years of age.  They also provide systemic advocacy to improve policy around issues that are important to young people with disability. YDAS works to ensure that the interests of young people with a disability are heard by government and other decision-makers.

Learn more by visiting the YDAS website