What NEDA is:

National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) is a national Disabled People's Organisation (DPO) that advocates federally for the human rights of people with disability, and their families, from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB).

We are a founding member of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA).

We are a community based, non-government organisation funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS).  We have a small small secretariat and are governed by a council of state/territory and community representatives; as a DPO, the majority of our councillors are required to be people with disability from migrant or refugee backgrounds.

What NEDA believes:

  • People from NESB with disability, their families and carers are individuals who have the right to be respected for their human worth and dignity, and to be free from all forms of discrimination.
  • People from NESB with disability, their families and carers are experts in knowing how they want to receive services and supports.
  • All our activities must take into account the views and experiences of people from NESB with disability, their families and carers.
  • The interests of all people in society are best served by establishing equal rights and opportunities for people from NESB with disability, their families and carers.
  • We are accountable to people from NESB with disability, their families and carers and to the agencies who provide our funds.
  • We are open, honest and transparent in our relationships.

What NEDA does:

We advocate at the federal level for the rights and interests of people from NESB with disability, their families and carers so that they can participate fully in all aspects of social, economic, political and cultural life.

We provide policy advice to the federal government and other organisations and agencies to secure equitable outcomes for people from NESB with disability, their families and carers.  

We also work closely with our state/territory member organisations and community members to ensure our policy advice reflects the experiences of people from NESB with disability, their families and carers.  In states and territories where no NESB-disability advocacy agency exists, we undertake development work to try to establish a structure that can support and represent people from NESB with disability, their families and carers.

Our work is guided by our strategic directions.