How the law defines disability, impairment and mental illness and the key laws a state and federal levels that protect people’s rights against discrimination and for employment, accommodation, education and other services are described. The types of disability, disability services, disability discrimination, advocacy and recent developments under the National Disability Insurance Scheme are covered, along with sexual offence cases and duty of care and negligence.

Understanding disability and the law: Contacts

Non-legal advocacy

Independent Family Advocacy and Support (IFAS)
Web: https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/about-us/what-we-do/independent-family-advocacy-and-support

IFAS is a service that provides non-legal advocacy and support to parents and primary carers who are involved in the child protection system at the early stages.

Positive Powerful Parents Victoria
Web: https://www.voicestogether.com.au/self-advocates/find-group/vic/positive-powerful-parents-victoria/

Positive Powerful Parents is a self-advocacy group run by and for parents with an intellectual disability.

Reinforce Self Advocacy
Tel: 9650 7855
Email: info@reinforce.org.au
Web: https://reinforce.org.au

Reinforce is a self-advocacy organisation for people with an intellectual disability.

VALID
Tel: 9416 4003
Web: https://www.valid.org.au

VALID advocates for people with disability in Victoria.

Contracts and consumer issues

Consumer Action Law Centre
Tel (legal advice line): 1800 466 477 (Monday to Friday, 10 am to 1pm)
Web: https://consumeraction.org.au 

Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV)
Tel: 1300 558 181
Web: www.consumer.vic.gov.au

Guardianship and administration

Office of the Public Advocate
Tel: 1300 309 337
Email: opa_advice@justice.vic.gov.au
Web: www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au

Legal assistance

Victoria Legal Aid
Tel: 1300 792 387
Web: www.legalaid.vic.gov.au 

Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service Inc.
Tel (admin): 5227 3338
Tel (legal advice): 1800 014 111 (Monday to Friday, 1 pm to 3 pm)
Email: legal@villamanta.org.au
Web: https://villamanta.org.au

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