There are three broad forms of individual advocacy which are available to National Disability Insurance Scheme participants.
Support to access mainstream and community services
The National Disability Insurance Agency will provide information and referral to participants to enable people with disability to engage in mainstream and community activities and develop self-advocacy skills. The scheme’s local area coordinators have a key role in supporting access to mainstream and community activity.
Legal review and representation
This will include advocacy on Agency decisions, for example, an appeal against a decision not to allow a person access to the Scheme. Advocates will speak on behalf of a participant, or act for or represent them in processes. This work which will largely be undertaken by advocates is funded under the National Disability Advocacy Program.
The National Disability Insurance Agency will work with community to achieve positive change to inclusion for people with disability. This work will, in part, be a key focus for the local area coordinators involved in the scheme at the local level. At the national level the Agency will work to influence national strategies and how they enable positive inclusion.
What is the National Disability Advocacy Program?
The National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) operates outside of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. NDAP is funded by the Australian Government and is part of the Department of Social Services. Some advocacy programs are also funded by state and territory governments.
NDAP aims to promote the rights of Australians living with disability by providing an advocacy service that ensures full and equal enjoyment of all human rights. NDAP can provide advocacy services to people with a disability by making sure they have a support person.