The Victorian Government is going to make a plan to help disability advocacy grow and get stronger in the future. We are calling this the Victorian disability advocacy futures plan 2018-2020, or Advocacy futures for short. The purpose of Advocacy futures is to ensure there is a successful disability and self-advocacy sector in the future.

Before we write the plan, we want to share some of our ideas with you and find out what you think of them. We also want to know what your ideas are so we can make the plan better. We want to hear from people with disability and families, advocates and carers. Our ideas for Advocacy futures are in the Advocacy futures discussion paper.

The discussion paper covers three action areas:

Action area 1: Delivering advocacy to more people with disability
  • Improving partnerships between different advocacy agencies
  • Raising community awareness of advocacy
  • Increasing core funding to advocacy agencies
Action area 2: Providing more advocacy for diverse and isolated groups
  • Providing better advocacy support for particular groups who need more advocacy
  • Improving partnerships between advocacy agencies and organisations supporting diverse and isolated groups
Action area 3: Helping the advocacy sector to support people with disability
  • Funding different kinds of advocacy
  • Improving support to advocacy and self advocacy agencies
  • Measuring how well advocacy is working

Discussion paper

The advocacy futures discussion paper is available in Word, as a summary document and in Easy Read. A Braille version of the discussion paper summary is available on request.

Please contact the Office for Disability if you require the discussion paper in other formats by phone on 1300 880 043 or by email at

Your feedback

To give us your feedback or submission you can:

  • complete the Advocacy futures toolkit consultation survey
  • talk to your organisation or group using the Advocacy futures toolkit consultation workbook
  • email the Office for Disability at
  • send it via post to: Office for Disability, Department of Health and Human Services, Level 4, 50 Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000
  • phone us on 1300 880 043 or 9096 7246

The consultation closes on Sunday 30 September 2018.

In addition to providing feedback yourself, please tell people with disability and other interested people about Advocacy futures so they can have a say.

Please note: The Easy Read discussion paper includes a questions and answer sheet. Groups and organisations can use this to seek feedback from their members.

Consultation survey and workbook

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