The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is Victoria’s only advocacy service that works together with young people with disability to achieve their human rights. Young people with disability who are aged 12–25 can access our free individual advocacy service if they need advice or assistance.
YDAS also does systemic advocacy work to improve policy around issues that are important to young people with disability.
YDAS is a core agency of Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic). YDAS was established in 2006 and is funded by the Victorian Government.
We offer a free individual advocacy service to young people with disability who are aged 12–25. This means that you can come to us if you feel like your rights are being ignored and you need help.
We want to improve attitudes, laws and systems to improve the lives of all young people with disability. YDAS does systemic advocacy work to improve policy around issues that are important to young people with disability. This includes issues relating to housing, education, employment, inclusion and the NDIS.
We work to ensure that the interests of young people with a disability are heard by government and other decision-makers.
There are different ways that you can be involved with YDAS. We often have paid opportunities for young people. These are advertised through our social media:
For general enquiries you can contact Jade Maiolo, YDAS Admin and Intake Officer, Monday to Friday during office hours on (03) 9267 3700 (dial 3 afterwards) or by email at email@example.com.
Find out about our individual advocacy here.