Department of Human Services

New advocacy service to support South Australians living with disability

2020-09-03

The State Government will fund a new, state-wide advocacy service to ensure vulnerable South Australians with disability can access and receive the supports they need.

The NDIS can be a difficult system to navigate and the new advocacy service will make it easier for families and individuals to get the support they need – free of charge. The new service will not only provide South Australians living with disability and their families with support and address gaps in support, it also aims to help them build knowledge and confidence to advocate for themselves.

The service was a key recommendation from the recent Safeguarding Taskforce. It will receive $400,000 a year for three years and will begin operating in December 2020. The new service operator will be selected through a competitive tender process, open soon.

Organisations tendering to provide the advocacy service will need to demonstrate:

  • Experience in supporting vulnerable people with disability
  • Capability to provide a state-wide service and offer various methods of accessing the service, and
  • Experience in providing legal advice to support appropriate representation (for example, appearing before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal)

Tender notifications will be published at SA Tenders and Contracts.

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