The work of CYDA is guided by the following principles:
- Fundamental rights: the rights and interests of children and young people with disability are CYDA’s highest priority consistent with Australia’s obligations under the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- Having a childhood: children with disability are children first and foremost and have a right to all aspects of childhood that children without disability are afforded.
- Participating in decision making: children and young people with disability have the right to participate, in whatever capacity, in decisions that impact on their lives.
- An inclusive approach: children and young people with all types of disability, from all cultural and religious backgrounds, living with all types of families and in all geographic locations are supported by the work of CYDA.
- Valuing families and care givers: for the contributions made by families and care givers to support the rights and interests of children and young people with disability.
- Working in partnerships: CYDA works collaboratively with relevant government, non-government, private sector agencies and the broader community to promote the rights and interests of children and young people with disability.
- Being accountable: CYDA operates accountably, effectively and ethically as the national peak body charged with the mandate of advocating for children and young people with disability.