The National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 defines an independent advocate, in relation to a person with disability, to mean a person who:
- Is independent of the Agency, the Commission and any NDIS providers providing supports or services to the person with disability
- Provides independent advocacy for the person with disability, to assist the person with disability to exercise choice and control and to have their voice heard in matters that affect them
- Acts at the direction of the person with disability, reflecting the person with disability’s expressed wishes, will, preferences and rights
Is free of relevant conflicts of interest.
An independent advocate may be able to support a person with a disability where allegations of violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation or discrimination have been made.
Disability Advocacy Agencies (ACT):
ACT Disability Aged & Carer Advocacy Service Inc (ADACAS)Address: Unit 14 / 6 Gritten Street, Weston Community Hub, Weston, ACT 2611
Postal: PO Box 3167, Weston Creek, ACT 2611
Phone: (02) 6242 5060
Advocacy for Inclusion Incorporated
Address: Suite 2 20 Genge St, Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: 61 2 62574005