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    Advocacy Groups

    As members of the community we are all entitled to be respected and treated fairly by others. Not all of us have access to the same level of resources to combat scenarios that we believe unjust. Below you will find a range of advocacy groups Belonging Matters recommends should you be in a situation where you seek assistance.

    Office of the Public Advocate

    The Office of the Public Advocate is an independent statutory body established by the Victorian State Government. OPA works to protect and promote the interests, rights and dignity of people with a disability. 

    The Disability Services Commissioner

    The Disability Services Commissioner can respond to complaints about Victorian disability services including disability services provided by the Department of Human Services.

    Villamanta

    Villamanta is a Victorian Community Legal Centre that works only on disability related legal issues. Their main purpose is to make sure that people in Victoria who have a disability can know about the law, and can use the law, to help get their rights.

    VALID

    Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with a Disability (VALID) is funded by the State Government as an advocacy group for adults with intellectual disabilities and their families.

    Association for Children with a disability

    Association for Children with a Disability is an information, support and advocacy organisation for children with a disability and their families, in Victoria, Australia. 

    Action Resource Network Inc

    Action Resource Network Inc is funded by the federal Department of Health and Family Services to advocate & provide a resource for people who have higher support needs and physical disability

    STAR

    STAR is an independent community organisation that advocates on a statewide basis for the rights of people with an intellectual disability and their families. STAR believes all people with intellectual disability are entitled to live and participate fully in their communities as valued citizens.

    Office of the Senior Practitioner

    Office of the Senior Practitioner is generally responsible for ensuring that the rights of people who are subject to restrictive interventions and compulsory treatment are protected, and that appropriate standards are complied with in relation to restrictive interventions.

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    STAR

    STAR is an independent community organisation that advocates on a statewide basis for the rights of people with an intellectual disability and their families. STAR believes all people with intellectual disability are entitled to live and participate fully in their communities as valued citizens.