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Web Links

Multicultural Disability Organisations

Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW (MDAA) 
MDAA is the only advocacy service in NSW available specifically to people from NESB with disability, their families and carers.

Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC) 
EDAC advocate for and empower people with a disability from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC) 
ADEC is a state wide advocacy organisation for people from NESB with disability, their families and carers in Victoria.

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National Disability Organisations

Australian Federation of Disability Organisations 
AFDO is the Peak body for disability Self-advocacy organisations in Australia.

Physical Disability Council of Australia 
PDCA is the national peak advocacy organisation for people with physical disability.

National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS 
The national lobby group for people who are HIV+ or who have AIDS.

Women with Disabilities Australia 
WWDA is the national peak advocacy organisation representing women with disability.

National Council on Intellectual Disability 
The Council is the national peak body for people with intellectual disability.

Brain Injury Australia

The national peak organisation for people living with acquired brain injury.

Deafness Forum Australia 
Deafness Forum is the peak body for deafness and seeks solutions on issues for all Australians who are Deaf, have a hearing impairment or chronic disorder of the ear.

Australian Association for the Deaf 
The Australian Association of the Deaf Inc. (AAD) is the national peak organisation for Deaf people in Australia. It represents the views of Deaf people who use Auslan (Australian Sign Language).

Blind Citizens Australia 
The national peak body for a united voice of blind and vision-impaired Australians.

Australian Mental Health Consumer Network 
A national representative mental health consumer voice, valuing consumer expertise, that enables full participation in Australian society.

National Multicultural Organisations

Multicultural Mental Health Australia (MMHA) 
Multicultural Mental Health Australia (MMHA) provides a range of information and resources in mental health and suicide prevention for Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds

Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA) 
FECCA is the national peak body that promotes multiculturalism, community harmony and social justice.

Refugee Council of Australia 
The Refugee Council of Australia is a non-profit peak organisation provides information on and advocacy for refugees and humanitarian entrants in Australia.

Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF)

Council for Multicultural Australia (CMA)

Diversity Health Institute (DHI) 
DHI aims to promote optimal quality healthcare based on improved clinical diagnosis and assessment practices, and to ensure that health services and programs are responsive to the social, cultural, linguistic and religious values and practices of Australia's diverse population.

Australian Intercultural Society (AIS) 
AIS has been established to promote interfaith dialogue, harmony and peace in the diverse multi-faith communities in Australia.


Arts Access Australia (AAA)

AAA is the national body representing a dynamic network of State and Territory arts and disability organisations and individuals and works to increase access and participation in the arts for people with disabilities.


People with Disability Australia (PWD) 

PWD is a national cross disability human rights and advocacy organisation, of and for people with disability.

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Human Rights

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

A Human Rights Act for Australia

The United Nations

UN Enable - The Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

Disabled People’s International

Disability World 
Disability World is a website dedicated to advancing an exchange of information and research about the international independent living movement of people with disabilities.

The Crosspoint 
The Crosspoint is the Net's biggest collection of links in the field of Human Rights, Anti-Racism, Refugees, Disability, Women's rights, etc.

Human Rights and Disability

The UN Refugee Agency 
UNHCR is one of the world's principal humanitarian agencies, its staff of more than 5,000 personnel helping 19.8 million people in more than 120 countries. During its half century of work, the agency has provided assistance to at least 50 million people, earning two Nobel Peace Prizes in 1954 and 1981.

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Parliament House

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Department of Education, Science and Training

Department of Health and Ageing

Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

Department of Human Services



Centrelink’s Pulse – news, views + things to do for DSP customers

Is a newsletter for Centrelink customers who receive Disability Support Pension (DSP). It provides DSP customers with up-to-date news on disability related programs, services and payments.

Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

Disability Employment Services (DES)

  • JobAccess is an information and advice service. It gives people with disability, employers, co-workers and Job Services Australia providers access to confidential expert advice and offers practical workplace solutions on all disability employment matters

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National Disability Complaints Organisations

National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline 
The National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline is an Australia-wide telephone hotline for reporting abuse and neglect of people with disabilities using government funded services.

Complaints Resolution and Referral Service 
The CRRS assists to resolve complaints about disability employment and advocacy services that are funded under the Commonwealth Disability Services Act .

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Other National Organisations

Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) 
ACOSS is the peak council of the community services and welfare sector. Established in 1956, ACOSS is the national voice for the needs of people affected by poverty and inequality.

Australian Federation of Homelessness Organisations (AFHO) 
AFHO is the national peak body working to prevent and respond to homelessness in Australia.

Carers Australia 
Carers Australia represents the needs and interests of carers at the national level.

Families Australia 
Families Australia is the national peak organisation dedicated to promoting the needs and interests of families.

Mental Health council of Australia (MHCA) 
MHCA is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector, committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians.

National Welfare Rights Network (NWRN) 
NWRN is a network of community legal centres throughout Australia which specialise in Social Security law and its administration by Centrelink.

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Useful Information and Resources

Action on Community Living (ACL) 
ACL is a federally funded Victorian organisation advocating empowerment, independence and life in the community for people with disabilities.

Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET)

ADCET provides up to date and comprehensive information about inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies, accommodations and support services for people with disabilities in post secondary education and training.

Disability Studies and Research Institute Disability Studies and Research Institute (DSaRI) 
DSaRI undertakes research into and education about disability issues from a social perspective and promotes public debate associated with the social dimensions of disability.

EnableNeT is being developed as a one stop site for information on disability and a meeting place for people interested in disability issues.

Australasian Association of Students with Disability

Diversity@Work works with employers on workforce diversity

This website offers easy access to a wide range of information, resources, services and products of interest to people with disability.

Inclusive Directions

An Inclusion Support Agency (ISA) and assists childcare services to respond to the needs of all children in their care with a focus on CALD children.

InfoXchange Australia

Information exchange website for the community sector.

National Disability Advocacy Program: Australian Government Website

No Limits 
No Limits is a program produced by Disability Media, and it aims to raise awareness of disability by portraying realistic images of people with disabilities. No Limits is a topical panel style discussion, focusing on living life to the fullest with a disability. Informative, empowering and educational, No Limits is a popular program, with an audience not limited to the disabled community.

Working Carers Support Gateway 
The Gateway website provides information and support for people who juggle paid employment with unpaid caring and assists them to manage their work and care responsibilities.
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Cultural Competence, we are hearing more of it but what does it mean? 

Here are links to some useful resources in this area.

Cultural Competence - Seeing and Knowing, a two-part focus by Synergy on the broad field of cultural competence in mental health

Cultural Competence Works - This 100 page self paced learning manual works because it will help you become the best you can be at your job

National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University - A Center provides national leadership and contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency

Conference Proceedings from the International Conference Now Available
- Speeches, abstracts and other materials -
 On the 7th and 8th of September 2006, MDAA and NEDA hosted an international conference From Tolerance to Respect: Cultural Competence in Practice held in Sydney, Australia.


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