Please find below a list of advocacy services available to you. To download a copy of the full list click here. For more information contact our InfoLine on 1800 177 591.
 
 

ACCESS FOR ALL

About the service: Access For All is a volunteer community group established to ensure equitable and dignified access to all premises and facilities whether private or public, to all members of the community. The group offers a free advocacy service in respect of all access matters covered by Federal and/or State Legislation. Amongst it's members is an accredited access consultant who is a member of ACAA. 
 
About the service: AMPARO Advocacy is a non-profit community organisation which provides individual and systemic advocacy, on behalf of people from a non-English speaking background who have a disability.
 

CITIZEN ADVOCACY

About the service: Citizen Advocacy is a community-based program which aims to recognize, promote and protect the rights and interests of people with intellectual disabilities. This is achieved through finding and supporting individuals (Advocates) from the local community, who are prepared to act voluntarily to make a positive difference to the life of a person with the disability who may be isolated, face difficult challenges, or be at risk.
  • Capricorn Citizen Advocacy Rockhampton: no website. P: 07 4922 0299
  • Citizen Advocacy Sunshine Coast: website.  
  • Citizen Advocacy South West Brisbane: no website. P: 07 3278 6744  

 

COMMUNITY VISITOR PROGRAM

About the service: The Community Visitor Program performs a vital rights protection role for Queensland adults with a disability or mental illness. Community visitors have inquiry and complaints functions which enable them to perform this role. They assist Queensland adults with impaired decision-making capacity due to a disability or mental illness who reside at certain mental health facilities, private hostels and residential facilities funded or operated by the Department of Communities or Queensland Health.

 

GOLD COAST ADVOCACY

About the service: GCA has a membership made of people with disability, family members of people with disability and interested community members. They welcome membership from people who align themselves with the values of GCA. It is an accredited advocacy agency and must operate under the Disability Advocacy Standards which include: Access to Advocacy, Individual Needs, Decision making and Choice, Privacy, Dignity and Confidentiality, Participation and Integration, Valued Status, Complaints and disputes, Service Management, Protection of legal and human rights and freedom from abuse, assault, neglect and exploitation, and Staff Support and Development.

 

DISABILITY ADVOCACY FINDER

About the service: The Disability Advocacy Finder is a tool made available by the Department of Social Services (DSS) for the purposes of listing the contact details and locations of disability advocacy agencies. 

 

INDEPENDANT ADVOCACY IN THE TROPICS

About the service: Independent Advocacy in the Tropics is a community organisation formed in 1989 to provide advocacy support for people with disability in the locality of Townsville, Thuringowa and surrounding rural communities. Our Mission is to stand with and for vulnerable people with a disability through vigorous, independent advocacy.
 

IPSWICH REGIONAL ADVOCACY SERVICE INC.

About the service: IRASI Ipswich provides FREE professional advice and advocacy to tenants and residents of;
  • Private and Public rental housing
  • Boarding Houses
  • Hostels
  • Some aged care rental accommodations

 

MACKAY ADVOCACY INC.

About the service: Mackay Advocacy Inc. is a community-based organisation providing advocacy support and assistance to people with a disability in the Mackay area. 
 

NORTH WEST ADVOCACY ORGANISATION

About the service: Provides individual advocacy for people with disabilities. No website. P: 07 4749 0022.
 

OFFICE OF THE ADULT GUARDIAN

About the service: The Office of the Adult Guardian is an independent body, working to protect the rights and interests of adults who have an impaired capacity to make their own decisions.
 

PARENT TO PARENT ASSOCIATION OF QUEENSLAND

About the service: Parent to Parent provides support by offering to the family a team of caring, mature, and skilled parents committed to helping other parents through their times of need. It also provides information on the child's disability or health impairment in a manner that is easily understood.
 

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY AUSTRALIA

About the service: A national peak disability rights and advocacy organisation. Our primary membership is made up of people with disability and organisations primarily constituted by people with disability. PWD also has a large associate membership of other individuals and organisations committed to the disability rights movement. Founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons, People with Disability Australia seeks to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. We have a cross-disability focus representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability. PWD is a non-profit, non-government organisation.
 

QUEENSLAND AGED AND DISABILITY ADVOCACY INC (QADA)

About the service: QADA is a not-for-profit community based Statewide advocacy service funded to provide information, education, support and representation to enable people to understand and exercise their rights and responsibilities. QADA provides advocacy serrvices to: recipients of Australian Government Aged Care services (eg: residential care, EACH and CACP packages); recipients of Home & Community Care (HACC) services; and carers of people receiving these services. QADA's services are free, directed by clients, confidential, independent and available throughout Queensland. Download the brochure here.
 

QUEENSLAND ADVOCACY INC

About the service: Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) is an independent, community-based systems advocacy and legal advocacy organisation for people with disability in Queensland, Australia. QAI's mission is to promote, protect and defend, through advocacy, the fundamental needs and right and lives of the most vulnerable people with disability in Queensland. QAI does this by engaging in systems advocacy work - through campaigns directed to attitudinal, law and policy change, and by supporting the development of a range of advocacy initiatives in this State.
 

QUEENSLAND PARENTS FOR PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY INC

About the service: Queensland Parents for People with a Disability vigorously defends justice and rights for people with disabilities by exposing exclusionary practices, speaking out against injustices and promoting people with disabilities as respected, valued and participating members of society.
 

RIGHTS IN ACTION

About the service: Rights In Action is a non-profit, community based organization that provides strong independent advocacy to people with disabilities who are in vulnerable situations. Our aim is to change the situation of people with disabilities. We are an independent agency and as such have no conflict of interests. We are completely on the side of the person with a disability and will support them where needed. Rights In Action strongly supports cases where we believe an individual has been taken advantage of or their rights have been infringed upon because of their disability. Rights In Action provides support and help to people with disabilities in the Cairns City Council and Yarrabah areas. 
 

SPEAKING UP FOR YOU INC

About the service: Speaking Up For You (SUFY) provides an independent individual advocacy service for people with a disability aged over 16 years. SUFY services the Brisbane metropolitan area. The mission of SUFY is to advocate against unfair and unjust things happening in the lives of people with disabilities by speaking with and acting for individuals so their fundamental needs are met, lives improved and they are included in their community.
 

BASIC RIGHTS QUEENSLAND 

About the service: Basic Rights Queensland provide advice, advocacy and free legal services to people having problems with Social Security. This includes problems with Centrelink and problems with Employment Service Providers. They also provide advice, advocacy and free legal services to people having problems with Disability Discrimination.