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Systemic Advocacy

National Disability Peak Bodies
Other National Peak Bodies

CYDA provides systemic advocacy to achieve better outcomes for children and young people with disability. Systemic advocacy seeks to influence and change a 'system' such as legislation, government policy and community attitudes. Through systemic advocacy CYDA aims to create change and a more informed understanding of the experiences and challenges of children and young people with disability.

An imperative part of the work of CYDA is to raise awareness of issues impacting on children and young people with disability and their families. It is not possible to achieve effective policy and practice for children and young people with disability unless governments and the community are informed of the lived experience of disability.

At CYDA we work closely with a range of other national organisations, including disability peak bodies.

Young people and families are also encouraged to get involved with other organisations and advocacy groups.

National Disability Peak Bodies

Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) - AFDO has been established as the primary national voice to Government that represents the interests of people with disability across Australia.
Phone 03 9662 3324
TTY 03 9662 3724

Blind Citizens Australia Ltd - The united voice of Australians who are blind or vision impaired. 
Phone 03 9654 1400
Freecall 1800 033 660
TTY 03 9639 1728

Brain Injury Australia Inc - The peak acquired brain injury advocacy body representing the needs of people with an acquired brain injury (ABI), their families and carers. 
Phone 02 9808 9390
Freecall 1800 272 461

Deaf Australia Inc - The national peak advocacy and information organisation in Australia for Deaf people who are bilingual – using both English and Auslan (Australian Sign Language).
Phone 07 3357 8266
TTY 07 3357 8277

Deafness Forum of Australia - The peak body for deafness and hearing impairment in Australia. It represents all interests and viewpoints of the deaf and hearing impaired communities of Australia, including those people who have a chronic disorder of the ear and those who are Deafblind.
Phone 02 6262 7808
TTY 02 6262 7809

Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA)  - DANA supports and strengthens independent disability advocacy agencies in their work of advocating for and with people with disability so that they are valued and included members of the community, their fundamental needs are met and their human rights are respected.
Phone 02 6154 1983

Down Syndrome Australia (DSA)  - DSA is the national voice for down syndrome in Australia.
Phone 1300 881 935

First Peoples Disability Network (Australia) - The national peak organisation representing Aboriginal people with disability, their families and carers. 
Phone 02 9519 5005
TTY 02 9318 2138

National Disability Services (NDS)  - The national industry association for disability services.
Phone 02 6283 3200

National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)  - The national voice advocating for the rights and interests of people from people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds with disability, their families and carers.
Freecall 1300 486 038

People with Disability Australia - A national disability rights and advocacy organisation which works towards the empowerment and promotion of the rights of people with disability and the creation of a society in which people with disability can fully participate.
Phone 02 9370 3100

Physical Disability Australia - National peak body for people living with a physical disability.
Phone 02 6567 1500

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)  - The peak organisation for women with all types of disabilities in Australia.
Phone 03 6244 8288

Young People in Nursing Homes National Alliance - The peak organisation who works with young people living in, or at risk of entry into, aged care facilities, their families, carers and other stakeholders.
Phone 0437 178 078

Other National Peak Bodies

Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) - The peak body of the community services and welfare sector and the national voice for the needs of people affected by poverty and inequality.  Phone 02 9310 6200

Carers Australia - The national peak body representing Australia’s carers, advocating on behalf of Australia’s carers to influence policies and services at a national level.
Phone 02 6122 9900

Disability Employment Australia - National organisation representing, supporting and resourcing the disability employment sector.
Phone 03 9012 6000