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An advocate speaks, acts or writes on behalf of a disadvantaged person or group with minimal conflict of interest to promote, protect and defend the welfare and justice of the person or group. There are six broad categories of advocacy.

An advocate speaks, acts or writes on behalf of a disadvantaged person or group with minimal conflict of interest to promote, protect and defend the welfare and justice of the person or group.

There are six broad categories of advocacy.

  • Citizen advocacy: people with disability are matched with volunteers.
  • Family advocacy: parents and family members are assisted to advocate on behalf of the person with a disability for a particular issue.
  • Individual advocacy: works on upholding the rights of individual people with a disability by targeting discrimination, abuse and neglect.
  • Legal advocacy: works on upholding the rights and interests of individual people with disability by targeting the legal aspects of discrimination, abuse and neglect.
  • Self-advocacy: supports people with disability to advocate for themselves, or as a group.
  • Systemic advocacy: seeks to remove barriers and address discrimination to ensure the rightsof people with disability.

Victorian Advocacy groups include:

  • Action for More Independence and Dignity in Accommodation
  • Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc
  • Association for Children with a Disability (VIC) Inc
  • Association of Employees with Disability Inc (AED Legal)
  • Barwon Disability Resource Council Inc (Assert 4 All)
  • Blind Citizens Australia
  • Citizen Advocacy Sunbury & Districts Inc
  • Colac Otway Region Advocacy Service
  • Communication Rights Australia
  • Disability Advocacy & Information Service
  • Disability Justice Advocacy
  • Disability Resources Centre Inc
  • Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc
  • Grampians Disability Advocacy Association
  • Leadership Plus
  • Melbourne East Disability Advocacy
  • North – East Citizen Advocacy
  • Rights Information and Advocacy Centre Inc
  • Southern Disability Advocacy
  • Southwest Advocacy Association
  • Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability Inc. (VALID Inc.)
  • Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council
  • Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service
  • Youth Disability Advocacy Service