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About NEDA

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About NEDA

 What NEDA is:

The national peak organisation representing the rights and interests of people living with disability, their families and carers, from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) and non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB).

NEDA is a founding member of the Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA)

NEDA is a community based, non-government organisation funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS).  NEDA has a small secretariat and is governed by a council of state and territory representatives. 

NEDA is a Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO);  the majority of councillors are people who live with disability from NESB or CaLD backgrounds.

 

What NEDA believes:

  • People from NESB with disability, their families and carers are individuals who have the right to be respected for their human worth and dignity, and to be free from all forms of discrimination.

  • People from NESB with disability, their families and carers are experts in knowing how they want to receive services and supports.

  • All our activities must take into account the views and experiences of people from NESB with disability, their families and carers.

  • The interests of all people in society are best served by establishing equal rights and opportunities for people from NESB with disability, their families and carers.

  • We are accountable to people from NESB with disability, their families and carers and to the agencies who provide our funds.

  • We are open, honest and transparent in our relationships.

What NEDA does:

NEDA advocates at the federal level for the rights and interests of people from NESB with disability, their families and carers so that they can participate fully in all aspects of social, economic, political and cultural life.

NEDA provides policy advice to the federal government and other agencies to secure equitable outcomes for people from NESB with disability, their families and carers.  NEDA undertakes projects relating to the NESB and disability communities.

NEDA works closely with its state and territory member organisations to ensure that its policy advice reflects the experiences of people from NESB with disability, their families and carers.  In states and territories where no NESB-disability advocacy agency exists, NEDA undertakes development work to try to establish a structure that can support and represent people from NESB with disability, their families and carers.

The work of NEDA is guided by its strategic directions.

NEDA has developed an operational plan to direct its work for the period 2010/2011. You can download the document here.

Patron

Professor Ron McCallum AO

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He has been Patron of NEDA since 2011.

In January 1993, he was appointed the foundation Blake Dawson Waldron Professor of Industrial Law at Sydney University. Nine years later, he commenced a five-year term as Dean of Law. McCallum is the first totally blind person to be appointed by any university in Australasia to a full professorship in any field or as Dean of Law.

He is the inaugural President of the Australian Labour Law Association, and the Asian regional Vice-President of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law. He has also done extensive work for the blind as the Chair of Radio for the Print Handicapped of New South Wales Co-operative Ltd, a company that operates radio 2RPH, which reads newspapers and magazines for blind and for other print handicapped listeners over the air. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Board of Vision Australia Pty Ltd. He has received a Centenary Medal for his work, and in 2006 was made an Officer in the Order of Australia

In 2008, he was elected to the first Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the United Nations which monitors compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In February 2009, he was appointed inaugural Rapporteur to the Convention and in October was elected Chair of the Committee.He was reelected to the Committee in 2010 and remains as Vice Chair.

McCallum has been a Don't DIS my ABILITY ambassador for four years.

 NEDA Staff

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Membership

 

 

Membership now includes individuals, thus strengthening NEDA status as a disabled people’s organisation

The NEDA council is still comprised of representatives from each state/territory member organisation, however, now allows both individual and organisational membership.

Moreover, one additional position on the council to be filled by an elected person: this new position is the community representative. 

Any person/organisation can now become a member of NEDA, however, to be eligible for election to the NEDA board as the ‘community representative ’ a person is to be CALD, or with disability.

The NEDA President and Vice-President nominees much be an individual with disability from a CALD background.

New members can inform NEDA about issues important to CALD people with disability, thus strengthening our advocacy, while at the same time stay up to date with what is happening in disability policy at a federal level.

In the next couple of months, NEDA will have a new website up and running allowing members to access our policy documents/research, subscribe to our mailing list and social media platforms, etc. 

Attached are the new membership form and current constitution

Please feel free to get in touch, to have a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Constitution  Membership Application

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 Word Version

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Become a member

You or your organisation can support the work of NEDA by becoming a member. If you are interested in membership contact the NEDA CEO via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will advise you what is required.

Current Members

NEDA admits one voting member per a state/territory in accordance with the Constitution.  The current member organisations are:

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra Multicultural Community Forum (CMCF) Inc

The Forum is established to promote the common interests and articulate the purpose and direction of the multicultural community in the ACT through:

  • Community collaboration and consultation
  • Engagement and participation in public debate
  • Formulation of relevant policies
  • Representation to Government
  • Community education, conferences, seminars

CMCF aims to represent, enhance, foster, embrace and promote issues of the multicultural community in the ACT.

Post: PO Box 796 WODEN ACT 2606

Mobile: 0411 417 666
Email:

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New South Wales

Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW (MDAA)

MDAA is the only advocacy service in NSW available specifically to people from NESB with disability, their families and carers.  MDAA aims to promote, protect and secure the rights and interests of people from a NESB with disability and their families and carers in NSW.

MDAA provides a range of services including individual advocacy to people from a NESB with disability, their families and carers.  MDAA is also a Registered Training Organisation.

Post: PO Box 884 Granville NSW 2142

Tel: (02) 02 9891 6400 or 1800 629 072
Fax: (02) 9897 9402
TTY: 133 677
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Northern Territory

Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory

First established in 1977, the Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory (MCNT) is an organisation representing and advocating the interests, concerns and aspirations of migrants and refugees.

The MCNT is a community-based non-profit organisation managed by a board of dedicated volunteers, and receives operational funding from the Northern Territory Government through the NT Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA).

Tel:  (08) 89459122
Fax: (08) 89459155
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Queensland

THE ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT CENTRE INC

TASC was established in Toowoomba in 1982 and is a not for profit Community Legal and Service providing legal and advocacy services to Toowoomba, Ipswich and South West Queensland.  TASC incorporates both the Toowoomba and Ipswich Community Legal Services.  TASC also provides regional advocacy and disability advocacy services together with the services of social workers.  TASC’s Vision – Social Justice for All – mirrors NEDA’s belief in an inclusive Australia where cultural diversity and disability rights are valued as essential aspects of an equitable society.

223 Hume St, (P.O Box 594)

Toowoomba 4350

Ph: 1300 008272 or 07 46169700

Fax: 07 4616977

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

South Australia

DISABILITY RIGHTS ADVOCACY SERVICE INC. (Associate Member)

Disability Rights Advocacy Service Inc. (formally known as MALSSA) mission is to safeguard and promote the rights and interest of people with a disability, their families and carers.AMPARO Advocacy Inc.

PO Box 742
Torrensville SA 5031
 
Tel: 08 8351 9500
Fax: 08 8152 0396
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Tasmania

Multicultural Council of Tasmania (MCOT)

MCOT represents culturally and linguistically diverse communities by advocating their collective needs and giving strength to diversity and tolerance in a multicultural society.

Post: GPO Box 798H Hobart TAS 7001

Tel: (03) 6231 5067
Fax: (03) 6231 5069
E-mail:

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Victoria

Diversity and Disability (DnD)

DnD is a self-advocacy project to support and enhance the participation and representation of people with disability from CALD backgrounds living in city, rural and regional Victoria.  It is auspiced by the Migrant Resource Centre -North West Region.  DnD aims to develop the self-advocacy skills of its members, promoting attitudinal change, engage with policymakers within both the multicultural sector and the disability sector, and provide consumer representation at local, regional and national forums 

Post: 20 Victoria Crescent St Albans, VIC, 3021

Tel: (03) 9367 6044
Fax: (03) 9367 4344
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Western Australia

Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC)

EDAC was established in 1995 to advocate for and empower people with a disability from non-English speaking backgrounds.  EDAC aims to safeguard the rights of ethnic people with disabilities and their families.  EDAC provides information, advocacy and cross-cultural training.

Post: 320 Rokeby Road Subiaco WA 6008

Tel: (08) 9388 7455or 1800 659 921
Fax: (08) 9338 7433
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

NEDA's complaints policy

You can find NEDA's complaints policy here.  

If you are interested in other NEDA policies, these can be obtained on request.

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia

 

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New name for peak national disability alliance

 

29 August 2016

 

The Australian Cross Disability Alliance has changed its name to Disabled People’s Organisations Australia, or DPO Australia, to better reflect its membership of representative organisations of people with disability.

 

Photo of Gayle Rankine, Chairperson of First Peoples Disability Network

Photo: Ms Gayle Rankine, Chairperson of First Peoples Disability Network

Ms Gayle Rankine, Chairperson of First Peoples Disability Network:

“In changing our name, we acted on feedback from our members, constituents and stakeholders that ‘cross disability alliance’ wasn’t well understood.  As direct representatives of people with disability, led by people with disability, the name DPO Australia accurately reflects our role as self-determining organisations of people with disability”.

Mr Suresh Rajan, President National Ethnic Disability Alliance:

“DPO Australia will continue to provide high level advice, to represent the views of people with disability, engage extensively with our members and stakeholders and undertake a range of activities to progress the rights of people with disability. We look forward to continuing our productive working relationships with governments and the disability and human rights communities within Australia and internationally.”

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Photo: Mr Suresh Rajan, President National Ethnic Disability Alliance

Photo of WWDA Acting President Karin Swift

Photo: Ms Karin Swift, Acting President, Women with Disabilities Australia

Ms Karin Swift, Acting President, Women With Disabilities Australia:

“The United Nations has recently affirmed the central role of representative organisations of people with disability, or Disabled People’s Organisations, in progressing our rights.DPO Australia is part of the disability rights movement that places people with disability at the centre of decision-making in all aspects of our lives. This is known internationally through the motto, “Nothing About Us, Without Us”.

Ms Bonnie Millen, Acting President People with Disability Australia:

“The name Disabled People’s Organisations Australia makes it much clearer to people with disability who we are, and this makes our engagement and representation of people with disability stronger. The term ‘DPO’ is also well understood in Australia and internationally within the disability rights movement”.

Photo of PWDA Acting President Bonnie Millen

Photo: Ms Bonnie Millen, Acting President People with Disability Australia


 

 

DPO Australia is an alliance of peak disability organisations made up of and governed by people with disability.  Its member organisations are People with Disability Australia (PWDA), First Peoples Disability Network (Australia), National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) and Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA).

DPO Australia has appointed an interim Director, Therese Sands, who is a well-respected disability advocate, and who has been seconded to DPO Australia from her role as Co-Chief Executive Officer of PWDA.

 

 

Contact:

Therese Sands

website: http://dpoa.org.au

twitter: @DPOAustralia

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Web Page Translations

NEDA does apologise for the quality of some translations. We use the Google Translate service which uses machine based translations. If you encounter what is poor expression in the languages you are interested in,  you are encouraged to contact Google and make suggestions as how the translation can be improved. All orginal documents are written in English.

Google Translate currently supports the following written languages:

Afrikaans Albanian Arabic Belarusian Bosnian Bulgarian Catalan Chinese (Simplified, Traditional) Croatian Czech Danish Dutch English Esperanto Estonian Filipino  Finnish French Galician German Greek Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Macedonian Malay Maltese Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swahili Swedish Thai Turkish Ukrainian Vietnamese Welsh Yiddish

Current  languages in development are:

Armenian Azerbaijani Basque Bengali Cebuano Georgian Gujarati Haitian Creole Hmong Javanese Kannada Khmer Lao Latin Marathi Tamil

Printing webpages:

NEDA has enabled all it web pages to be printed through the printer icon on the upper right of each page. This will allow those accessing our pages the opportunity to print in English or a coummunity language.