Victorians with disability will be supported to speak up, assert their rights and tackle discrimination thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today launched the $2.15 million Disability Advocacy Futures Grants program that will give those with disability an opportunity to have their voices heard.
Groups and organisations are invited to apply for the grants to deliver initiatives that will strengthen the sector and empower Victorians with disability.
The grants will further boost Victoria as an inclusive place, where those with disability are strong and connected and related services are responsible and responsive to their needs, now and into the future.
The program will give Victorians with disability access to an advocate when they need it, regardless of where they live.
A total of $1 million will be allocated to projects in regional and rural Victoria to respond to increased demand under the NDIS.
Disability advocacy is a key part of the Labor Government’s state disability plan, with the Victorian Budget 2018/19 providing an additional $4.3 million over two years for disability advocacy.
It includes funding to support organisations to assist an extra 300 clients a year.
This builds on our investment of $3.3 million over the last two years to strengthen disability advocacy.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan
“We’re making sure Victoria is a place for everyone – where people with disability are supported and empowered to reach their potential.”
“That starts with ensuring their voices are heard, so that their needs and wants can be met.” These grants are just one of the ways we are strengthening the sector as the NDIS rollout continues.”
“For the NDIS to deliver on the promise we made to people with a disability – greater choice and control – it’s important Victorians with disability have the tools and support to enforce their rights.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020