Focus Care Focus Care
1300 941 750

The Role of Advocacy in the NDIS

14 July, 2021

An advocate can help you engage directly with the NDIS. Advocates play a large role in understanding and accessing NDIS support. Focus Care has compiled a guide to advocacy, how it can help you, and why it is important for those who are approaching the NDIS.

What is advocacy?

An advocate is a trusted friend, relative, or professional advocacy service that can assist you in ensuring your rights are upheld in a range of ways. It is important that an advocate is independent of the NDIS, and is free of any conflict of interest. This is so the advocate is able to accurately reflect your voice in matters that concern you.

What can advocacy help me with?

Advocacy can help you with a number of NDIS processes. This includes:

How can I access advocacy services?

If you are not using a trusted friend or family member, there are professional advocacy services you can access to assist you. A good place to start is the Disability Advocacy Network Australia, known as the national voice of independent advocacy. DANA promotes the role of independent advocacy, and gives its members a collective voice.

Why is advocacy important?

Advocacy can help a person with a disability navigate the NDIS, and all of the complications that can arise as well. It ensures that a person with a disability is able to have their voice heard, and their preferences managed fairly.

How can Focus Care help me?

Focus Care is a registered NDIS provider that encourages the use of advocacy, allowing you to exercise choice over your decisions. If you or a loved one are looking for personalised disability support, contact us today.

Additional Resources:

Disability Advocacy Network Australia

Disability Advocacy NSW

Intellectual Disability Rights Service

Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW

People with Disability Australia Inc

Like this story? Share it with others.

You may also like these stories

Dot accent Smile accent

What’s your focus?

From every day support, to clinical care and social activities, talk to a friendly member of our team today about how we can work towards your goals.

How it works

  • 1

    We’ll visit your home to get to know you, your goals and your specific needs

  • 2

    We'll work with you to design your services

  • 3

    You'll be matched with a support worker, and your journey will begin