Peak groups || Advocacy and/or rights agencies || Information/resources

Disability groups || Government departments || Disability legislation

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Peak groups for People With Disabilities

Physical Disability Australia (PDA):

Formerly the Physical Disability Council of Australia.

Disability Alliance:

The purpose of the Disability Alliance is to position Disability as a mainstream issue for political parties and the wider community within the Queensland electorate

Physical Disability Council of NSW (PDCN):

PDCN is the NSW branch of Physical Disability Australia. There is no Queensland branch.

People With Disabilities (PWD):

PWD is primarily NSW based but they run national schemes such as the National Disability Abuse and Neglect hotline.

Women With Disabilities Australia:


Advocacy and/or rights agencies

National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline:


Speaking Up For You Inc (SUFY):

A Brisbane based individual advocacy organisation.

Amparo Advocacy:

For people with disabilities from non-English speaking backgrounds; Statewide (Qld) service.

Be Real Advocacy:

‘Be Real’, an initiative of the Brain Injury Association of Qld (but relevant to anyone with a disability), is a useful self-advocacy web resource.

Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI):

Systemic advocacy from a legal perspective, that is seeking reform of current legislation.

Sunshine Coast Citizens Advocacy:

Gold Coast Advocacy


Disability information/resources

Every Australian Counts:

A lobby group campaigning for a National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Australia for All: is a new national e-service which allows tourists with disabilities and their families to obtain information about the accessibility of the accommodation and tourism venues which they wish to visit. At the same time it will assist tourism providers within the tourism industry to improve their services and therefore encourage more tourists with disabilities to use them.

Disability Forum:

Designed for people with disabilities to learn and share information. Covers a broad range of topics from medical technology to individualised funding and also has discussion forums on a wide range of issues.

Disability Awareness Kit:

Hosted by the state library of Victoria.

LifeTec Qld:

Formerly the independent living centre.

The National Public Toilet Map:

In Control:

Information & tools for people with disabilities who wish to self-direct their own supports.

Julia Farr Association:

You have to join to have access to the library but if you want some background links about individualised funding this is an excellent resource.

IDEAS (Information on Disability & Education Awareness Services):

The IDEAS’ website provides a high quality accessible web portal for people with disability and people with age related disability, their families, carers and other supporters to access and search for information that promotes their independence. [Please note: This is a NSW site and while much of the information relates to NSW, it has very useful information for pwds regardless of where they live or where they wish to travel].

Disability Lifestyles:

This website has information to help with disabilities – especially those who have had accidents and completed their rehabilitation and are looking to start out afresh. The information focuses on people with spinal injuries and acquired brain injury and concentrates on services in Queensland. The content has been written by people with disabilities.

Community Resource Unit (CRU):

CRU exists to support the development of leadership and authentic change which enhances the possibilities for people with disabilities to belong to and participate in community life. It aims to: Challenge ideas and practices which limit the lives of people with disabilities and Inspire and encourage individuals and organisations to pursue better lives for people with disabilities.

Commonwealth Carelink Centres:

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres are information centres for older people, people with disabilities and those who provide care and services. Centres provide free and confidential information on community aged care, disability and other support services available locally, interstate or anywhere within Australia.

Wheelie Good Cruises:

Hassle-free cruises for people with disabilities


Disability Groups

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA):

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia is the peak body for spinal cord injuries and similar disabilities.

Queenslanders with Disabilities Network (QDN):

Queensland’s largest representative group for people with disabilities. They primarily engage in networking, information sharing and regional representation. While they play an advisory role to Government they are not a peak body or advocacy group.

Mobile Attendant Care Service (MACS):

MACS is one of the very few examples of where block funding can be used without disempowering the service users. MACS, a night-time attendant care provider based in Northern Brisbane, is a consumer-driven organisation with a management committee comprised of a majority of people with disabilities and/or service users.

Blue Skies:

The Blue Skies Scenario is pushing for an alternative future for people with disability and their families and a move away from Queensland’s crisis-based approach to funding

Spinal Home Help:

Spinal Home Help have volunteers who provide support to people with spinal cord injuries and their immediate family members once they leave hospital. They provide ongoing one-to-one peer support to identify, explore and manage issues that are impacting their lives.


Government departments

Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland:

Disability Services Queensland:

Now simply called Disability Services as part of the Department of Communities.

Australian Human Rights Commission:

In particular check out Disability Standards and Guidelines and DDA 1992 – A brief guide.


Disability Legislation

QLD Disability Services Act 2006:


UN Convention on the rights of people with Disabilities:


Disability Discrimination Act 1992:

The original 1992 Disability Discrimination Act. The (rather lengthy) documents are in word or pdf format.

Disability Discrimination and Other Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2008:

Some amendments designed to strengthen the original DDA 1992.