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List of Victorian advocacy organisations

Key Victorian Groups providing Advocacy, Information, Legal Support and Complaints handling etc.

You can download a full copy of this list  VALID Advocacy Complaints etc. agencies

 

STATEWIDE DISABILITY ADVOCACY SERVICES

ADEC (Action on Disability in Ethnic Communities) 

175 Plenty Rd, Preston   3072

ph. 9480 7000  fax: 9480 3444    Toll Free 1800 626 078

E:  [email protected]     W:  adec.org.au

Dandenong Office   –   186 Foster St, East Dandenong     ph: 9791 8344

Werribee office  – Level 1, 1-3 Watton St. Werribee  3030   ph:  8744 2100

Info, referral, advocacy for ethnic families/groups, Bi-lingual Ethnic Disability Workers

AMIDA (Action for More Independence & Dignity in Accommodation)

1st Flr, Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne   3000

ph: 9650 2722      fax. 9654 8575

E: [email protected]     W:  www.amida.org.au

Info, referral & self advocacy support for people with disability re. housing issues/problems

Association for Children with a Disability  (ACD) 

Suite 1, 587 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills Vic 3127

Phone: 03 9880 7000   Toll Free 1800 654 013    fax 9818 2300  

E:  [email protected]        W: www.acd.org.au

Info., Advocacy & Support for families of children who have a disability

BCA  (BLIND CITIZENS AUSTRALIA)

Lev. 3, Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne   3000

Ph: 9654 1400 Toll Free 1800 033 660 fax. 9650 3200     

E: [email protected]      W:  www.bca.org.au

Info & individual advocacy support for people with sensory impairment

Consumer affairs Victoria (CAV)

113 Exhibition St, (GPO Box 123: 3001) Melbourne      

Helpline 1300 558 181   Koori Helpline 1300 661 511      

E: [email protected]    W: www.consumer.vic.gov.au

For complaints about purchases, refunds, contracts, scams, door to door sales etc.

DEAF VICTORIA  (formerly Victorian Council Of Deaf People – VCOD)

Lev 3, 340 Albert St, (Box 6186), East Melbourne 3004 

SMS: 0431 476 721      E: [email protected]

W: www.deafvictoria.org.au

Statewide advocacy, info & support service for the deaf community.

Disability Justice Advocacy   (DJA) 

2 /28A  Albert Street Preston  3072                         

Ph:  9474 0077   freecall 1800 808 126     

E: [email protected]    W:  www.justadvocacy.com

Provide advocacy for people with higher support needs

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION LEGAL SERVICE  (DDLS)                                                               

2nd Flr, Ross House 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000

Freecall 1300 882 872   ph. 9654 8644  TTY: 9654 6817  fax: 9639 7422

E: [email protected]     W:  www.communitylaw.org.au/ddls

Can provide advocacy, legal advice, training & community education on the Federal DDA

DISABILITY RESOURCES CENTRE   (DRC) 

MAIN:  3rd Flr, Ross House 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000

Ph: 9671 3000 fax. 9489 2988

E: [email protected]     W: www.drc.org.au

Outreach: 186 Foster St East, Dandenong

ph. 9791 4870  F: 9792 1111   E: [email protected]

Info., individual advocacy & support for adults with disabilities in Melbourne area.

INDEPENDENT FAMILY ADVOCACY SERVICE (IFAS)                                                                 

Referrals to Ph: 1800 849 200  or via  E:  [email protected]

W: www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/IFAS

Provides info, advocacy, coaching for self-advocacy and/or referrals to parents or primary carers who have Child Protection involvement with their families in the pre court stage

INDEPENDENT MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY (IMHA)      

350 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Intake Line: 1300 947 820    Ph: 03 9093 3701  

E: [email protected]   F: 03 9269 5400

W: www.imha.vic.gov.au

Advocacy support service for people receiving compulsory psychiatric treatment to have as much say as possible about their assessment, treatment and recovery

LEADERSHIP PLUS Inc.  (formerly Action for Community Living)                                                               

25 Flinders Lane, Melbourne  

Ph:  9489 2999 fax. 9489 2988 Freecall: 1300 727 017  

E: [email protected]   W: www.leadershipplus.com

Statewide advocacy & Info for people with all types of disability

NATIONAL AGED CARE ADVOCACY LINE       ph. 1800 700 600

OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE  (OPA) 

Level 1, 204 Lygon St, Carlton   3053  

ph 1300 309 337  TTY 1300 305 612   F: 1300 878 510   

E: [email protected]     W: www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au

Advice, assistance & advocacy re. complaints on behalf of people who have an intellectual or psychiatric disability; dementia or an acquired brain injury.

STAR VICTORIA 

4th Floor, Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000 

ph 9650 2730    fax. 9650 6972      

E: [email protected]     W:  www.starvictoria.org.au

Aims to heighten awareness of the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.

VALID (Vic. Advocacy League For Individuals with Disability Inc.)

130 Cremorne St, Richmond 3121

Ph:  03 9416 4003   Freecall 1800 655 570 fax. 9416 0850   

E: [email protected]     W:  www.valid.org.au

Provides advocacy support for adults with an intellectual disability across Victoria

VICTORIAN MENTAL ILLNESS AWARENESS COUNCIL  (VMIAC)          

Building 1, 22 Aintree St. Brunswick East 

ph 9380 3900    fax. 9388 1445 

E: [email protected]     W: www.vmiac.org.au

Individual advocacy & support for groups of people with emotional and/or mental difficulties

VILLAMANTA DISABILITY RIGHTS LEGAL SERVICE  

Building ad, Level 2, Deakin Uni, 1 Gheringhap St., 
Geelong   3220

ph 5227 3338   Toll Free 1800 014 111                                      

E: legal[email protected]    W: villamanta.org.au

Statewide community legal service with primary focus on people with intellectual disability

WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES VICTORIA  (WDV) 

Lev 9, 255 Bourke St. (GPO Box 1160) Melbourne 3001

Ph:   9286 7800 fax. 9663 7955

E: [email protected]     W:  www.wdv.org.au

Systemic advocacy on behalf of women with disabilities

YOUTH DISABILITY ADVOCACY SERVICE (YDAS)

Level 2, 235 Queen St, Melbourne 3000

Ph. 0429 964 859       Email: [email protected]  

W:  www.ydas.org.au

Individual advocacy & support for young adults with disabilities

 

REGIONAL & LOCAL DISABILITY ADVOCACY SERVICES

ASSERT 4 ALL – A4All    (also Barwon Disability Resource Cnl)                                                                    

48 McKillop St, Geelong   3220         

ph /TTY 5221 8011  Toll free 1300 942 773  fax 5229 5665    

E: [email protected]     W: www.bdrc.org.au

Outreach office:  1 Rutherford Crt, Maddingley 3340

Info, individual advocacy for people with disabilities in Barwon & Southern Grampians areas

COLAC OTWAY REGION ADVOCACY SERVICE  (CORAS

50 Rae St, Colac   3252

Ph: 5232 1009    fax. 5232 1291            

E:  [email protected]    W: www.coras.com.au

Info., individual advocacy & support for people with disabilities

DRAS  – now part of Reg. Info. Advocacy Council (RIAC) see next page

GRAMPIANS DISABILITY ADVOCACY ASSOCIATION   (GDAA)            

MAIN   2/32 Tuson St (Box 112), Ararat 3377        

Ph:  1800 552 272 fax.  5352 2733       

E: [email protected]   W:  www.grampiansadvocacy.org.au

Ballarat Office:  Suite 19, 15 Dawson St Sth; ph 5364 293    E: [email protected]

Daylesford:   13 Hospital St.      ph 5348 3350     E: [email protected]

Clunes  –  69 Service St.   c/- of Daylesford office contacts

Horsham off:     17 McLachlan St;  ph. 5381 2400    email: [email protected]

Stawell office:    111 Main St:  ph 5358 2164

Info, individual advocacy & support for people with disabilities

GIPPSLAND DISABILITY ADVOCACY               

Suite 2 first floor, 6 – 8 Grey St (PO Box 409, Morwell 3840) Traralgon   3844         

Ph: 5175 0444     E: [email protected]

W:  www.gdai.org.au

Provides support with individual, self & family advocacy, plus some citizen advocacy

MELBOURNE EAST DISABILITY ADVOCACY (MEDA) 

Level 1, 79 Mahoney’s Rd, Forest Hill, 3131 (PO Box 302)

Ph: 9877 7990   email: [email protected]  W:  www.meda.org.au

Matches voluntary ‘citizens’ to a person with a disability as support in the inner east area (Municipalities of Manningham, Whitehorse, Monash & Boroondara)

MRC (Migrant resource Centre) North West 

20 Victoria Cres., St Albans  Vic  3021

ph:  9367-6044  fax: 9367-4344    

E:  [email protected]   W: www.mrcnorthwest.org.au

Individual for people with a disability from CALD backgrounds

NORTH EAST CITIZEN ADVOCACY  (NECA) .

56 Gabonia Avenue Watsonia South   3087 (PO Box 251) Heidelberg   3084            

ph/fax 8407 3684      E: [email protected]

W: www.citizenadvocacy.com

Matches voluntary ‘citizens’ to a person with a disability as support in inner Northern Reg.

REGIONAL DISABILITY ADVOCACY SERVICE   (RDAS)  

132 Melbourne Rd, (Box 982) Wodonga   3689

Ph: 02 6056 2420 Toll free: 1800 250 292   F. 02 6024 6809    

E: [email protected]    W: www.rdas.org.au

Wangaratta office:  15-17 Ely St.    ph. 5718 0171

Individual & systemic advocacy for people with disabilities living in Upper Murray area

RIGHTS INFORMATION & ADVOCACY CENTRE – (RIAC) 

72 Wyndham St. (Box 1763 : 3632) Shepparton

ph 5822 1944    fax 5831 1610   

email: [email protected] & Intake: [email protected]

W:  www.riac.org.au

Bendigo  122 Queen St.  (Box 2219, Bendigo DC 3554)             Ph: 5443 0550  

Geelong (formerly DRAS), 11/23-31 Gheringhap St.  ph. 5222 5499 

Mildura   Deakin Business Ctr, Cnr Lemon Ave & Eighth St   (Box 2641: 3502)    ph. 5021 0265

Individual advocacy (all offices), ATSI advocacy (Shepp office) & Support Groups (Loddon Mallee region)

SOUTHERN DISABILITY ADVOCACY 

320 Main St Mornington   (Box 161 Bentleigh 3204)

Ph: 03 9533 5977   F: 9923 6173     

E: [email protected]    W:  www.southernda.org.au

Mornington office: ph. 03 5973 6320

Advocates for person with a disability living in Southern Region using paid & voluntary staff

SOUTHWEST ADVOCACY ASSOCIATION – SWAA 

45 Hider St   (Box 480) Warrnambool   3280 

Ph. 5561 4584   fax. 5561 4371     

E:  [email protected]    W:  www.southwestadvocacy.org.au

Info., individual advocacy & support for people with disabilities

SUNBURY AND DISTRICT CITIZEN ADVOCACY 

5A, 36 Macedon Street  (PO Box 420)  Sunbury                       

Ph: 9744 7378   fax: 9740 8535 

E: [email protected]    W:  www.citizenadvocacysunbury.com.au

Matches voluntary ‘citizens’ to a person with a disability as support in Sunbury district

 

SELF ADVOCACY GROUPS

The following are ‘formal’ self advocacy groups or networks.  However there are many local informal or service based (i.e. participants come from one service) groups across Victoria – contact SARU or VALID to find out for info about local & service based groups.

SARU (Self-Advocacy Resource Unit)             

Level 1, Ross House 247 Flinders St., Melbourne 3000     

ph:  9639 6856   email: [email protected]

W:  www.saru.net.au

Provides info & resourcing to set up & support self-advocacy groups

ADVOCACY SOUTH WEST NETWORK  

Facilitator –  E: [email protected].gov.au

Self-advocacy network of people from services across the South Western area of Victoria

BRAIN INJURY MATTERS  (BIM)

4th Floor, Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Ph: 9639 7222    fax. 9654 1057

E: [email protected]  W: www.braininjurymatters.org

Self-advocacy group representing people with brain injury.

DIVERSITY & DISABILITY (DND) 

45 Main Road West, St Albans  Vic  3021

ph:  9367-6044  fax:  9367-4344   

E: [email protected]    W:  www.mrcnorthwest.org.au

Facilitates self advocacy groups for people with a disability from CALD backgrounds

NEW HORIZONS (EACH) 

46 Warrandyte Rd, Ringwood  3134 

ph. 9871 1850        E: [email protected]

W: www.each.com.au/service/eachchoice-new-horizons-self-advocacy-group

Self-advocacy group that meets in evenings

NEW WAVE SELF ADVOCACY GROUP 

c/- 8 Hopetoun Ave, Morwell   

ph: 5134 8071    E: [email protected]

Self-advocacy group for people with intellectual disability including a drop in centre

POWERFUL PARENTS SELF-ADVOCACY  

Ph: 9639 9106   E: [email protected]

W:  www.positivepowerfulparents.com.au

Self-advocacy group representing parents with intellectual disability meets at Ross House

REINFORCE 

Lev 2, Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Ph:  9650 7855    F. 9636 4004

E: [email protected]   W:  www.reinforce.org.au

Self-advocacy group representing people with intellectual disability

UNITED BRAINS 

Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne  3000

ph: 03 9639 7222        E: [email protected]

W:  www.unitedbrains.org.au

Provides links between ABI self-advocacy groups to share info & resources

VALID SELF-ADVOCACY NETWORKS 

c/- 130 Cremorne St Richmond 3131      

ph:  03 9416 4003   email: [email protected]

W:  www.valid.org.au/valid-self-advocacy/

Facilitates four self-advocacy groups for individuals from services across regions to gain skills & information, as well as advocate about issues of concern to government etc.

 

STATEWIDE  GENERIC ADVOCACY SERVICES

CONSUMER AFFAIRS VICTORIA  (CAV) 

Statewide –  main phone: 1300 558 181    Interpreter Service: 131 450

W:  www.consumer.vic.gov.au

Metro North West –  27 Dimboola Rd, Broadmeadows  ph. 9936 9100

Metro South West – 46-50 Walker St, Dandenong  ph. 8765 5222

Metro Eastern – 703 Station St., Box Hill  ph: 8803 8444

Grampians – 206 Mair St, Ballarat 3350  ph: (03) 4301 7000

Hume  – 119-121 Murphy St, Wangaratta 3677  ph: (03) 5723 6444

Gippsland – 25 Ann St, Morwell 3840  ph: (03) 5116 5701

Barwon SW 

  •  Level 5, 30a Little Malop, Geelong 3220  ph: (03) 5226 4444
  • 218 Koroit St, Warrnambool 3280   ph: (03) 5560 5273

Loddon Mallee 

  • 81 Bull St, Bendigo 3550  ph: (03) 5440 6100 
  • 59 Madden St, Mildura 3500  ph: (03) 5021 6100

Info & advocacy for any ‘consumers’ including people with disabilities who need support with problems with buying products, refunds contracts, door to door salespersons

ELDER RIGHTS ADVOCACY – ERA 

Level 2, 85 Queen St., Melbourne

Ph. 9602 3066    Freecall 1800 700 600  

E: [email protected]    W:  www.era.asn.au

Advocacy & info for potential/current residents (& their families) in Nursing Homes & Hostels

SENIORS RIGHTS VICTORIA (SRV) 

Level 4, 533 Little Lonsdale St., Melbourne

Ph:  1300 368 821     email: [email protected]

W:  www.seniorsrights.org.au

Provides legal services & advocacy (esp. re. Elder Abuse) to any Victorian aged 60 & above

SHASP – SOCIAL HOUSING ADVOCACY & SUPPORT PROGRAM

Metro Regions                                                                       

Wesley Housing & Support Service   291A Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood   ph: (03) 8870 4030 

Uniting Care Harrison   1012 Little Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South  ph: (03) 9871 8700

HomeGround Services 1A/68 Oxford St, Collingwood  ph: (03) 9417 2500 

SASHS Western – Network (Sunshine)   ph. 9312 5799

Wombat Housing & Supt Servs Nth Melbourne 3051  ph: 8327 2222 Freecall: 1800 887 775

HomeGround Services 122 Chapel St, St Kilda  ph: (03) 9537 7888 

WAYSS   294-300 Thomas St, Dandenong   ph: (03) 9791 6111 

Rural Regions

Community Connections Vic.   26 Fairy St, Warrnambool 3280  ph: 1300 361 680 

Bethany Community Support   1 Gibb St, Hamlyn Heights 3215   ph: (03) 5278 8122

Quantum Support Servs  225-227 Princess Dve, Morwell ph: 5120 2000  Freecall: 1800 243 455

Brophy Family & Youth Servs.   ph. 5561 8888

PACT Comty Supt   Level 4, 17 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat ph: 5309 1900 Freecall: 1800 660 446 

Rural Housing Network

Seymour ph. 5735 2000   

Shepparton ph. 5833 1000

Wodonga ph: (02) 6055 9000   

Wangaratta ph. 5722 8000

Advocacy & Rights Centre  (Bendigo & Mildura) ph: 5444 4364  Freecall: 1800 639 121

Provides advice, advocacy & assistance to public housing tenants throughout Victoria

TENANTS UNION VICTORIA 

55 Johnston St, Fitzroy 3065

Admin ph: 9411 1444    Tenants Help line (03) 9416 2577 

E:  [email protected]     W:  www.tuv.org.au

Provides advice, assistance & advocacy for tenants of private and public rental properties

 

LEGAL CENTRES

A great resource is the Law Handbook and you can find it online  http://www.lawhandbook.org.au/ 

AED (Association of Employees with Disability) LEGAL CENTRE 

Suite 4 Level 9, 276 Flinders St, Melbourne 

ph 9639 4333   fax. 9650 2833  

E: [email protected]    W:  www.aed.org.au

Info, training & legal advice for people with disabilities about employment, education & rights.

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION LEGAL SERVICE (DDLS)          

See entry in ‘Statewide Advocacy section’    W: www.ddls.org.au/

Can provide advocacy, legal advice, training & community education on the Federal DDA

FEDERATION OF COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRES (FCLC)  

Level 3, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 

Ph: (03) 9652 1500    E: [email protected]

W: fclc.org.au

Info & support to find appropriate lawyer or to find your local Community Legal Centre etc.

MENTAL HEALTH LEGAL CENTRE  

Building 97, 106–108 Victoria Street, Carlton Vic 3053

ph: 9629 4422 Freecall 1800 555 887   fax. 9614 0488  

E: [email protected]     W: mhlc.org.au

Info. & advice (phone or in person) to people who have a mental illness & their families

VICTORIA LEGAL AID  (VLA) 

350 Queen St, (GPO Box 4380) Melbourne 3001

ph: (03) 9269 0234   Rural Victoria 1300 792 387

W: www.legalaid.vic.gov.au

Range of support including a free phone legal advice & information service.

VILLAMANTA DISABILITY RIGHTS & LEGAL SERVICE

See details in ‘Statewide Advocacy Service section’    W: www.villamanta.org.au

Statewide community legal service with primary focus on people with intellectual disability

WELFARE RIGHTS NETWORK LEGAL SERVICES

Social Security Rights Vic.   PO Box 1221 North Fitzroy  3068   

ph: 03 9481 0355   Freecall 1800 094 164    fax. 9419 3552     

W:  ssrv.org.au

Barwon Community Legal Service      Level 1, 63 Thompson St., Belmont

Ph: 1300 430 599 or  5221 4744   

E: [email protected]    W: www.barwoncls.org.au

Legal Centre for people with problems related to Centrelink. Ph Advice Tue – Frid afternoons

 

COMPLAINTS:  Monitoring &/or Support with

A great resource is ALSO the Law Handbookhttp://www.lawhandbook.org.au/ 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS TRIBUNAL  – AAT 

Main:  Level 4, 15 William St, Melbourne (GPO Box 9955, Melbourne)

ph: 1800 228 333    E: [email protected]  

W: www.aat.gov.au

The Tribunal reviews administrative decisions made by Australian Gov’t ministers, departments, agencies (eg NDIS, Centrelink) including Migration & Refugee decisions.

AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION  (AHRC) 

Postal Address: GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001

Complaints: 1300 656 419   Enquiries: 1300 369 711    

E: [email protected]   W: www.humanrights.gov.au

COMMISSIONER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE  (CCYP)     

Level 18, 570 Bourke St, Melbourne Vic 3000

ph: 8601 5884   Freecall 1300 782 978     

E: [email protected]     W:  www.ccyp.vic.gov.au         

Promotes the safety & wellbeing of children; investigates child deaths & monitors the standard & quality of care to children in out-of-home care.

 COMMUNITY VISITORS  (CV) 

C/- Office of Public Advocate     Freecall 1300 309 337

204 Lygon St., Carlton        W:  www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au

Monitors & reports on care of people living in disability funded residential accommodation

COMPLAINTS RESOLUTION & REFERRAL SERVICE (CRRS) 

Freecall 1800 880 052     F: 08 9382 9277 

E: [email protected]     W: www.crrs.net.au

PO Box 1764 Osborn Park DC, WA 6916

Complaints about Commonwealth funded employment or advocacy services – 9am – 7pm

CONSUMER UTILITIES ADVOCACY CENTRE Ltd  (CUAC) 

Suite 3, Level 2, 172 Flinders St, Melbourne Vic 3000   Note: Building Is Branded ‘180’

ph:  9639 7600  F: 9639 8966  

email: [email protected]  W:  www.cuac.org.au 

Systemic advocacy on behalf of energy & water consumers on policy & regulatory issues

CONSUMER AFFAIRS VICTORIA  (CAV)

refer to the ‘Statewide Advocacy Services’ section for contacts     W:  www.consumer.vic.gov.au

Complaints & advocacy related to purchases, refunds, contracts, scams, door to door sales

COURT INFORMATION & WELFARE NETWORK

555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne            

Ph:  03 9603 7433  Freecall 1800 681 614   Admin. 9603 7420  fax. 9670 8804

E: [email protected]   W: www.courtnetwork.com.au

Volunteers provide info & support to victims during Court cases. Rural contacts on website.

DISABILITY SERVICES COMMISSIONER  (DSC) 

Level 30, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne   3000             

E: [email protected]       W: www.odsc.vic.gov.au

Ph. 1800 677 342 (free call)    TTY: 1300 726 563     Fax: 03 9603 8310

Supports to resolve complaints about State funded disability services

HEALTH COMPLAINTS COMMISSIONER 

26th Floor, 570 Bourke St., Melbourne 

Complaints ph. 8601 5200  TTY 1300 550 275  Freecall: 1300 582 113  

E: [email protected]     W:  https://hcc.vic.gov.au/

Information about concerns and to make a complaint about a health services.

JUSTICE CONNECT  (formerly Public Interest Law Clearing House)

17/461 Bourke St,    [PO Box 16013, Collins St West, Melbourne 8007]

Ph General: 8636 4400    Legal Inquiries: 03 8636 4444   

E: [email protected]    W: www.justiceconnect.org.au

For improving access to justice and protecting human rights.  Can assist with advice & access to pro-bono legal support   Undertakes law reform, policy work and legal education.

LAW INSTITUTE OF VICTORIA  

Level 3,  140 William St, Melbourne  (GPO Box 263 Melbourne 3001)

Ph.  03 9607 9311   Fax.  03 9602 5270  

E: [email protected]     W: www.liv.asn.au

Can provide info on lawyers in your area & who deal with specialist issues

MENTAL HEALTH COMPLAINTS COMMISSIONER  (MHCC)                                        

Level 26, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne   3000 

Ph. 1800 246 054 (free call)       Fax: 03 9949 1506

E: [email protected]      W: www.mhcc.vic.gov.au/

Supports to resolve complaints about Victorian mental health services.

MY AGED CARE COMPLAINTS  

Dept of Social Services, Stakeholder relations, Box 210, Balwyn 3103    

ph:1800 200 442     W: myagedcare.gov.au

Investigate concerns & complaints re facilities receiving aged care funding

NATIONAL ABUSE & NEGLECT HOTLINE 

Freecall:  1800 880 052   E: [email protected]rkfocus.com

W:  www.dss.gov.au

Hotline for reporting abuse & neglect of people with disabilities using gov’t funded services

NDIS QUALITY & SAFEGUARDING COMMISSION  (QSC) 

PO Box 210, Penrith NSW  2750            

ph: 1800 035 544       

E: [email protected]     W:  www.ndiscommission.gov.au

Any complaint, including breaches of restrictive practice or Code of Conduct; incidents related to staff & services purchased with NDIS funding

OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Level 24, 50 Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000

ph: 9096 8427   Fax: 9096 8017   

E: [email protected]   W: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-senior-practitioner

Works in partnership with professionals & organisations to maximise people’s quality of life, promote people’s development and safeguard their rights

OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE  (OPA)   

Refer to entry in State Wide Advocacy Services    W:  www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au

OFFICE of the VICTORIAN INFORMATION COMMISSIONER  (OVIC)

Level 6, 121 Exhibition St (GPO Box 24274) Melbourne 3001

Enquiries: 1300 006 842  General: 03 8684 1660 

E: [email protected]    W:  ovic.vic.gov.au

 

OMBUDSMAN & INDUSTRY COMPLAINTS

AUSTRALIAN FINACIAL COMPLAINTS AUTHORITY  (AFCA) (formerly Financial Ombudsman Serv)  

includes banking complaints  1300 780 808    

GPO Box 3, Melbourne  3001   email: [email protected]   W: afca.org.au

COMMONWEALTH OMBUDSMAN  

Lev 1, 441 St Kilda Road Melbourne 3004  ph: 1300 362 072

E: [email protected]     W: www.ombudsman.gov.au                               

CREDIT & INVESTMENT OMBUDSMAN (CIO) 

PO Box A252, Sydney South NSW 1235    Complaints 1800 138 422 

Energy & Water Ombudsman Vic. (EWOV)             www.ewov.com.au

          GPO Box 469, Melbourne 3001   1800 500 509   email: [email protected]                                                                        

Legal Services Board & Commissioner                  www.lsbc.vic.gov.au

          Lev 5, 555 Bourke St, Melbourne   1300 796 344  email: [email protected]                                                                          

Private Health Insurance Industry Ombudsman 

Complaints Hotline 1800 640 695    Admin 02 8235 8777  

E: [email protected]    W:  www.phio.org.au

Police Complaints – Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC)     

GPO Box 24234, Melbourne      Ph:  1300 735 135

E: [email protected]      W:  www.ibac.vic.gov.au

Public Transport Ombudsman  

Box 538, Collins St W, Melb. 8007 

ph: 1800 466 865   E: [email protected]    W: www.ptovic.com.au                                                                     

Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO)     

Box 276, Collins St West 8007  

E: [email protected]   1800 062 058     W: www.tio.com.au       

Victorian Ombudsman

Lev 1, 459 Collins St. Melbourne  

regional only 1800 806 314  metro: 9613 6222

E: [email protected]     W:  www.ombudsman.vic.gov.a

SENIOR PRACTITIONER (OPP) 

Office of Professional Practice (previous page) for issues re. DHHS programs     

W:  www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-senior-practitioner

Monitors & advises on ‘restrictive’ practice in disability services in Vic.

VCAT – GUARDIANSHIP LIST 

55 King St., Melbourne 3000 

Ph: 9628 9911    Freecall 1300 079 413

E: [email protected]   W: http://www.vcat.vic.gov.au

Appoints Guardians & ‘Administrators’ where required for people over 18 years, who have a impairments, disability or illness

VICTORIAN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY & HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

Level 3, 204 Lygon St, Carlton   3053     

Email: [email protected]   W: www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au

Complaints about unfair treatment regarding work, school, services, housing or financial matters. Free Advice service on discrimination law through Enquiry Line  9-4pm weekdays

 

EQUIPMENT & COMMUNICATION

COMMUNICATION & INCLUSION RESOURCE CENTRE (CIRC)

830 Whitehorse Rd. Box Hill 3128     

Ph: 9843 2000   Freecall: 1300 472 673    F. 9843 2033  

E: [email protected]    W: www.scopeaust.org.au/services-for-individuals/specialised-communication-services/

Aids, resources & training related to communication impairment. Also Gastrostomy info. & NECAS (Non-Electronic Communication Aids Scheme)

CONTINENCE AIDS PAYMENT SCHEME  (CAPS)

ph: 1800 239 309 for assistance with Applications and information

W: www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/continence-aids-payment-scheme-caps

People with permanent disability aged 16 – 65yrs – receive an annual allocation of funds for purchase of continence aids, including pads.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES SCHEME – ECDS                                                                       www.yooralla.com.au

Refer to details for Independent Living Centre details below

EQUIPMENT RECYCLING NETWORK  – ERNI 

17 Greenwood Ave  (Box 419) Ringwood  3134 

Ph. (03) 9879 5211       email: [email protected]   W: www.erni.asn.au

Provides recycled equipment & computers to people with disabilities.

HOME RENOVATION SERVICE     

ph. 03 9815 1900    rural 1300 136 513     W: housing.vic.gov.au/home-renovation-loan-owners

Provided via Archicentre 1300 13 45 13 a free assessment & advice on home modifications that assist maintain independent.

DISABILITY AIDS & EQUIPMENT

Showroom   35-37 Tinning Street, Brunswick, VIC 3056

ph: 1300 788 855    E: [email protected]  W: www.independenceaustralia.com

Full range of equipment & aids including continence products

KEY WORD SIGN VICTORIA (formerly called Makaton)                                                         

PO Box 142, Canterbury  3126        

ph: 9899 8684   E:  [email protected]  W: www.keywordsignvictoria.org

NATIONAL CONTINENCE HELPLINE  

Ph: 1800 330 066     E: [email protected]  W: www.continence.org.au

Free info & referral telephone service, with professional continence advisors, for people affected by incontinence; including advise about state & territory continence schemes

NATIONAL PUBLIC TOILET MAP          W:  www.toiletmap.gov.au

NATIONAL RELAY SERVICE  (NRS)      

24 hour Relay of calls – Voice/TTY 133 677  or  Speak & listen 1300 555 727

Lev 2, 10 Mallet St, Camperdown NSW 2050

E: [email protected]    Admin:1800 555 660    F: 1800 555 680

W: www.relayservice.com.au

Assists people who are deaf or with speech impairment to make phone calls

SCOPE VIC. – ADVISORY SERVICES

Building Advisory Service (BAS)  ph. 03 9843 2000      E: [email protected]

Gokids Mobility Advisory Service   ph. 03 8311 4009    E: [email protected]

SUPPORTED ACCOMMODATION EQUIPMENT ASSISTANCE – SAEAS

Contact:   SWEP   Freecall 1300 747 937   

E: [email protected]      W:  swep.bhs.org.au/

Provides equipment & aids for people with disability living in Non-government disability accommodation or respite (excluding aged care facilities)

STATE-WIDE EQUIPMENT PROGRAM  (SWEP)

PO Box 1993 Bakery Hill Vic  3354

ph: 1300 747 937 or 03 5333 8100     fax:  03 5333 8111 

E: [email protected]   W: swep.bhs.org.au

Provides people who have a permanent or long-term disability with subsidised aids, equipment, oxygen, continence and vehicle and home modifications

SOLVE DISABILITY SOLUTIONS   (formerly TADVIC)  

c/- Royal Talbot Rehab Centre, 1 Yarra Blvd  Kew 3101

Freecall 1300 663 243     fax. 9853 8098   

email: [email protected]   W:  www.solve.org.au

Assists modify standard equipment or develop aids not available retail.

TELSTRA DISABILITY EQUIPMENT PROGRAM  

Voice: 1800 068 424   TTY: 133 677  fax: 1800 814 777  

E: [email protected]   W: www.telstra.com.au/disability

Info & assistance with telephone adaptations for people with impairments or disability.

VISION AUSTRALIA FOUNDATION 

454 Glenferrie Rd, Kooyong  3144

ph: 1300 847 466      email: [email protected]   W: www.visionaustralia.org

Low Vision clinics across State. Sells aids & equipment for people with visual impairments

AIDS & EQUIPMENT WEBSITES    

Continence Foundation of Australia website –    www.continence.org.au

Bladder Bowel website –     www.bladderbowel.gov.au

Independent Living Centres Australia  –  ilcaustralia.org.au/

 

INFORMATION & SUPPORT SERVICES

AFTER-HOURS GP HELPLINE 1800 022 222 provides free health information and assistance from a registered nurse or medical advice from a GP

AGED CARE INFORMATION LINE – 1800 200 422

ARBIAS  

27 Hope St (Box 5002)  Brunswick 

ph: 8388 1222 fax. 9387 9925

E: [email protected]    W:  www.arbias.org.au

Provides range services to people with ABI including accom, info, counselling, case mgmt. etc

Association for Children with a Disability      www.acd.org.au 

For main details refer to entry in Advocacy Services List

AMAZE  (formerly Autism Victoria) 

24 Drummond St Carlton  (Box 374 Carlton South)

ph: 9657 1600  INFOline 1300 308 699   F: 9639 4955 

E: [email protected]     W:  amaze.org.au

Info, counselling, family support & other services to people with autism/their families

Carers Association of Victoria 

Level 1, 37 Albert St (Box 2204) Footscray   3011                     

ph: 9396 9500   Toll Free 1800 242 636   

E: [email protected]   W: carersvic.org.au

Info, referral & support for carers of people with disability/illness

CARER GATEWAY 

Freecall   1800 422 737      W: www.carergateway.gov.au

Support for parents/carers including respite, info & After Hours emergency respite service

DARU (Disability Advocacy Resource Unit)    

Level 8, 128 Exhibition St., Melbourne 3000  ph:  9639 5807 

E: [email protected]    W:  www.daru.org.au

Provides info & resourcing for state funded advocacy services, their Boards & staff

DIRECTLINE          www.health.vic.gov.au/aod/directline    

Freecall  1800 888 236  –    24 hours 7 days a week

A 24 hour telephone service which provides anyone in the community with access to drug and alcohol counseling, information and referral to services

DISABILITY GATEWAY          

Freecall   1800 643 787    W: www.disabilitygateway.gov.au

Information and services to help people with disability, their family, friends and carers, to find the support they need in Australia Support for

DOWN SYNDROME VICTORIA Inc. (DSV) 

18/71 Victoria Cres., Abbotsford    3067         

ph. 9486 9600 or 1300 658 873   fax. 9486 9601     

email: [email protected]   W: www.downsyndromevictoria.org.au  

Support, info, referral, hospital visiting to new parents, computer club & local contacts.

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION OF VICTORIA 

587 Canterbury Rd, Surrey Hills   3124        

ph.8809 0600   Infoline 1300 761 487    

email: [email protected]  W: www.epilepsyfoundation.org.au

Support Groups, info, counselling & advocacy assisting people with epilepsy/families.

FAMILY PLANNING VIC. – Disability Services   

901 Whitehorse Rd. (Box 1377) Box Hill  3128

Main. 9257 0100  freecall 1800 013 952    Disability Prog: 9257 0191 

E: [email protected]     W: www.fpv.org.au

Info., library, counselling, community & school ed’n, sexuality education; clinical services.

HOUSING CHOICES AUSTRALIA  (formerly Singleton)     

Level 3, 350 Queen St, Melbourne Vic. 3000           

ph: 1300 312 447  fax: 1300 312 737   

E: [email protected]      W:  www.housingchoices.org.au

Provides range of accommodation options & works with others to plan build housing developments       

MIIGRANT RESOURCE CENTRES – MRC            

Migrant Info Centre Eastern Melbourne   

Suite 2, Town Hall Hub, 27 Bank St, Box Hill 

ph. 9285 4888  email: [email protected]  W: www.miceastmelb.com.au

Diversitat    

153 Pakington St, Geelong West  3218   ph. 5221 6044  

E: [email protected]   W: www.diversitat.org.au

Gippsland Multicultural Services  

100 Buckley St, Morwell  ph: 5133 7072  

E: [email protected]    W: www.gms.org.au

New Hope Migrant & Refugee Centre    

40 Grattan St, Prahran  3181  ph. 9510 5877 

E: [email protected]   W:  www.newhope.asn.au

MRC North West    

20 Victoria Cres, St. Albans  ph: 03 9367 6044   

E: [email protected]   W: www.mrcnorthwest.org.au

Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre                            

39 Clow St, Dandenong  ph. 9767 1900 

E: [email protected]     W: www.smrc.org.au

Spectrum MRC        www.spectrumvic.org.au 

Lev 5, 61 Riggall St, Dallas  3047   ph.1300 735 653  email: [email protected]

163 Harvester Rd., Sunshine 3020  ph.1300 735 653 

NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE AGENCY  (NDIA)

Freecall   1800 800 110             W:  www.ndis.gov.au

New agency overseeing the establishment of the Nat. Dis. Insurance Scheme in Vic.

 

INFORMATION WEBSITES

Human Services Directory (health, disability, community)                           www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

InfoXchange      www.infoxchange.net.au                               www.serviceseeker.com.au

Mental Health Advice Website                            www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealthadvice

Depression Net                 http:/depressionet.org.au

 NOTE: Any updates APPRECIATED & can be forwarded to Christine Scott

03 9416 4003    or via     email to   [email protected]   web: www.valid.org.au

UPDATED:  3rd Sept 2021

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