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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 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.


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 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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