Disability Advocacy NSW (DA)
DA was established in 2006 with the amalgamation of Disability Advocacy Service Hunter (DASH) and Advocacy Northwest (ANW). After a number of years working together, both services believed that they could provide a better service to more people with a disability by joining forces. Combined the services had 35 years experience of advocating for people with a disability. In 2016 Disability Information and Advocacy Service (DIAS) in Bathurst joined Disability Advocacy NSW to form our new Central West Region.
The service is funded to provide independent advocacy by Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS) and NSW Department of Family and Community Services.
In 1984/1985 the three services that have now combined to form Disability Advocacy NSW started operations to advocate for people with a disability. ANW commenced in Tamworth, DIAS commenced in Bathurst and a service called Self Advocacy Newcastle began in Newcastle. Self Advocacy Newcastle closed in 1993 and Disability Advocacy Service Hunter (DASH) tendered and took over the funding in 1994.
With the amalgamation of DASH and ANW in 2006, DA began to grow and to move into the nearby mid north coast region, opening offices in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Taree. DA also opened a new office in Armidale.
DA staff on the mid north coast also played a major role in establishing the Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre in 2011. During this time Advocacy Law Alliance Incorporated was created as the parent organisation for both Disability Advocacy NSW and the Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre which both became registered business names of Advocacy Law Alliance Inc.
In 2015 DA expanded its service area to the Hawkesbury–Nepean Region to help people with a disability with National Disability Insurance Scheme. In 2016 a new office will be opened in Parramatta in partnership with the Western Sydney Community Legal Centre (formerly Macquarie Legal Centre) to better service this region.