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Office of Disability

The Department of Communities works to advance opportunities, community participation and quality of life for people with disability. 

An Office of Disability has been established by the Department of Communities to promote the rights and interests of people with disability and the broader disability sector. 

The Office of Disability supports the WA Government to deliver on its long-term commitment to empowering people with disability to participate in all aspects of the community and the economy.

Disability Royal Commission

The Disability Royal Commission was established in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability. 

If you would like further information about the Disability Royal Commission or if you wish to share your story, please visit the Disability Royal Commission website:  Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Disability Support Services

Disability support services delivered throughout Western Australia include the following programs, initiatives and strategies that are provided and/or funded by the Department of Communities:

Advocacy Services for People with Disability

The Department of Communities provides funding to a number of advocacy organisations with the aim to provide a state-based, person centred approach to ensuring people with disability and those who share their lives, are engaged and feel empowered to live as they choose in a community where everyone belongs.

Individual Advocacy

Individual advocacy organisations work alongside a person with a disability who is facing a challenge, including:

  • Actively participating in the community
  • Receiving high-quality services and supports that meet their specific needs, and
  • Exercising their rights.

    Systemic Advocacy

    Systemic advocacy works to address entrenched barriers and drive longer-term change to ensure that people with disability can fully exercise their rights and can include:

    • Legislation, policies and practice
    • Accessibility and quality of services in areas such as education, health, housing and transport
    • Attitudes towards people with disability and improved awareness of the general community.

      National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

      The NDIS provides funding to eligible people with disability to gain more time with family and friends, greater independence, access to new skills, jobs, or volunteering in their community, and improved quality of life.  The NDIS also connects anyone with a disability to services in their community. 

      Please visit the NDIS website for more information:  National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

      Developmental Disability WA

      The purpose of Developmental Disability WA is to enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disability and their families. 

      They achieve this through:

      • Resources
      • Information
      • Skills & education
      • Advocacy
      • Newsletters
      • Events
      • Feedback
      • Support.