Full Membership Information

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is the peak organisation in the disability sector representing people with lived experience of disability. Our member organisations are run by people with lived experience of disability. AFDO is the place for organisations that represent people with disability to work together to achieve common goals. Our work includes advising the Commonwealth Government and representing the interests of people with a disability.
Our members contribute to the national debate on disability and enjoy a range of additional benefits that include:

  • Receive AFDO and disability sector news through regular e-news
  • Receive our Daily Media Wrap each morning with news from the disability sector
  • Attendance at member consultations and events
  • Contribute to policy documents and submissions to government
  • Representation to government, media and the wider community on issues affecting people with disability
  • Collaborate with other disability organisations at member meetings

Full membership criteria

Full membership of AFDO is open to Not for Profit disability organisations in Australia.  Check the criteria below to see if your organisation can join as a Full member of AFDO.

  • A Not for Profit disability organisation (your members can come from anywhere in Australia).
  • Your members are:
    • people with disability, and/or
    • organisations of people with disability, and/or
    • organisations for people with disability
  • a)   You are governed by a Board where at least 50% of Board members are people with disability, OR You are a national disability organisation representing the lived experience of advocating for a family member with disability;
    • a) Children with disabilities, or
    • b) People with Intellectual disability, or
    • c) Carers and family members.
  • b) You are either ‘incorporated associations’ or ‘companies limited by guarantee’,
  • c) Your prime role is to advocate for the rights and wellbeing of people with disability,
  • d) They exist to support people with disability, and
  • e) They do not have any purposes contrary to the purposes of the AFDO.

Associate Membership

AFDO Associate members are organisations that agree with and support the Mission Statement and Purpose of AFDO, but which are not eligible to become Full members of AFDO.

Join AFDO now:

  1. Complete this form (Word) to apply for Full membership of AFDO
  2. Complete this form (Word) to apply for Associate membership of AFDO
  3.  Send your completed form to the AFDO CEO at

If you have any trouble downloading the membership application forms, please email to have the form emailed to you.


Current AFDO Constitution

The Board of AFDO considers all membership applications, and will notify you within 60 days if your application is successful.  All decisions made by the AFDO Board on membership applications are final. Here is the CURRENT AFDO CONSTITUTION as of 22 October 2018