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Leadership Organisations

No matter who you are or what you do, there is likely to be an organisation that represents you.

We have listed some of the National disability and women’s organisations below, but there are many more groups that you can get involved in.

*Please note – most of the organisations listed on this page do not provide individual advocacy.

To find a disability advocate visit the
Disability Advocacy Finder website (external link).

Watch the YouTube video (external website) about why Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) are important:

Organisations and groups

Joining a disability organisation or advocacy group is a good way to make friends, build support networks and gain access to opportunities in the community. There are lots of disability organisations in Australia that represent different types of disability and groups of people.

Ways to get involved

There are lots of ways you can get involved in an organisation. To begin with, you can:

  • become a member of the organisation
  • join or follow the organisation's social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram etc)
  • sign up to the organisation's newsletter
  • go to events run by the organisation.

Disabled People’s Organisations

Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) are organisations led by, controlled by and made up of people with disability. DPOs are organisations of people with disability, rather than organisations that may represent people with disability. DPOs work to promote the rights and well being of people with disability and support people with all types of disability to have their voices heard in politics and the community.  

Learn more on the DPO Australia website (external link).

Did you know?

“Nothing about us without us”
is a quote used by the disability movement to argue that people with disability should be involved in all decisions that affect them.

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA)

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is the national peak body organisation for all women and girls with disability. WWDA represents and advocates for more than 2 million women and girls with disability across Australia.

WWDA provides support and information about leadership and opportunities that are accessible for women and girls with all types of disability.

You can become a member of WWDA for free and register to receive updates about WWDA's work and opportunities that you can be involved in.

Learn more on the WWDA website (external link).

Photo of of the late Aunty Gayle Riemer.

First People’s Disability Network

The First People's Disability Network (FPDN) is the national organisation run by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability in Australia.

Learn more on the FPDN website (external link).

National Ethnic Disability Alliance

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) is the national organisation that advocates for the rights of people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB).

Learn more on the NEDA website (external link).

People with Disabilities Australia

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is the national disability rights, advocacy and representative organisation made up of, led and governed by people with disability.

Learn more on the PWDA website (external link).

National Women’s Alliances

The National Women’s Alliances (NWA) are a group of national women’s organisations that make the views, voices and issues of Australian women heard by the government and the community. There are currently six National Women’s Alliances in Australia. They are listed below.

Australian Women Against Violence Alliance

The Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) is the national women’s alliance that works to address all forms of violence against women, so that women and children are able to live free from all forms of violence and abuse.

Learn more on the AWAVA website (external link).

Economic Security 4 Women

The Economic Security 4 Women (ES4W) is an alliance of individuals and women’s organisations that advocate for the financial well-being and economic security of all women.

Learn more on the ES4W website (external link).
 

Equality Rights Alliance

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The Equality Rights Alliance (ERA) is Australia’s largest network advocating for women’s equality, women’s leadership and recognition of women’s diversity.

Learn more on the ERA website (external link).

Harmony Alliance

The Harmony Alliance advocates and provides a voice for migrant and refugee women in Australia.

Learn more on the Harmony Alliance website (external link).


National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) is the national organisation that advocates and provides a voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australia.

Learn more on the NATSIWA website (external link).

National Rural Women's Coalition

The National Rural Women's Coalition (NRWC) is the national organisation that advocates and provides a voice for women living in rural, remote and regional areas in Australia.

Learn more on the NRWC website (external link).

Did you know?

“The Personal is Political”
is the slogan used in the women’s movement that makes a connection between what happens in politics and the experiences of individuals.  

Other national organisations

Australian Centre for Disability Law

The Australian Centre for Disability Law (ACDL) is a community legal centre that aims to promote and protect the human and legal rights of people with disability.

Learn more on the ACDL website (external link).

Australian Federation of Disability Organisations

Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is a peak body for individuals, as well as national and state disability organisations across Australia. You can find a list of their affiliates on their website.

Learn more on the AFDO website (external link).

Australian Network on Disability

Australian Network on Disability is a national, membership based organisation that supports organisations to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business.  

Learn more on the Australian Network on Disability website (external link).

Children and Young People with Disability

Children and Young People with Disability (CYDA) is the national organisation that represents and advocates for people with disability aged aged 0-25.

Learn more on the CYDA website (external link).

Disability Leadership Institute

Disability Leadership Institute (DLI) is a professional hub for disability leaders. Members of DLI receive coaching, training and connection to opportunities, including communities of practice and leadership development.

Learn more on the DLI website (external link).

Inclusion Australia

Inclusion Australia is the national organisation that represents people with intellectual disability. It supports state organisations as well as individuals to advocate for people with disability across Australia.

Learn more on the Inclusion Australia website (external link).

State disability organisations

Every state and territory in Australia has organisations that advocate for the rights and well being of women and girls with disability. We have listed some of the ones that helped to build this website below, but there are many more.

Women with Disabilities ACT (WDDACT) (external link)

Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) (external link)

Women with Disabilities WA (WWDWA) (external link)

Speak Out Association of Tasmania (external link)

Women with Intellectual Disabilities (QLD) (external link)

Women with Disabilities SA (external link)

People with Disabilities WA (PWDWA) (external link)

Starting your own disability group

If you can’t find a group that represents you, you can always start your own. Starting your own group can be a good way to meet people who have similar experiences, and can help you to build a network of support.

Tips for starting your own group

There is no one way to start a new group. Some groups are formal, with rules and procedures; while others are more like casual friendship groups.

All groups are different, but the tips below can help you get started:

  • start simple - get together a small group of people with the same disability or interests as you
  • organise a meeting somewhere casual and cheap, like a park or a coffee shop
  • discuss the rules and goals of the group at the first meeting and write them down
  • decide where you will meet and when
  • have a way for people to call into the meeting from home (e.g. by phone or video conference)
  • create a social media group on Facebook (external link) or Google Groups (external link) that you can use to communicate outside of meetings
  • start reaching out to others who may like to join - you can do this by contacting disability organisations, going to events, or even sharing the group with friends on social media
  • learn more tips on how to get a more formal group started on this Wiki How website (external link).
Tip: Our page for Information for Supporters and Services has tips for how to make sure any events or meetings your group organises are accessible.

Important Resources

Publications
WWDA Position Statement 3: The Right to Participation
Information from WWDA on the right of all women and girls with disability to take part in all areas of life.
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WWDA Easy English Book: About us
Easy English book about Women With Disabilities Australia.
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Zoom Meetings
Zoom is a program that allows you to run or join a meeting online. This document explains how to download Zoom, create an account, host a meeting and join a meeting.
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WWDA Easy English Book: About WWDA
A document written in Easy English about Women With Disabilities Australia.
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Where to next:

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Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO): members
Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is a peak body for individuals, as well national and state disability organisations across Australia. You can find a list of their members on their website.
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National Women's Alliances (NWAs)
The National Women’s Alliances (NWA) are a group of national women’s organisations that make the views, voices and issues of Australian women heard by the Government and community.
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Disabled People's Organisations Australia (DPOA)
DPOA represents four of the national disability organisations in Australia. This website includes information about these organisations and the work they do.
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Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
WWDA website where you can find a range of government submissions, reports and publications about women and girls with disability.
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First People's Disability Network (FPDN)
The First People's Disability Network (FPDN) is the national organisation run by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability in Australia.
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People with Disability Australia (PWDA)
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is the national disability rights, advocacy and representative organisation made up of, led and governed by people with disability.
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Disability Leadership Institute (DLI)
A professional hub that offers coaching, training and leadership opportunities to people with disability. These all have a cost.
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National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)
The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) is the national organisation that advocates for the rights of people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB).
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Australian Centre for Disability Law
The Australian Centre for Disability Law (ACDL) is a community legal service that aims to improve the lives of people with disability.
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Mental Health Australia
Mental Health Australia is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector and committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians.
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Children and Young People with Disability
Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is the national peak body which represents children and young people (0 - 25) with disability.
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Inclusion Australia
Inclusion Australia is the national organisation representing people with intellectual disability in Australia.
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