Our advocacy service

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) offers a free individual advocacy service to young Victorians with disability who are aged 12–25. This means that they can come to us if they feel like their rights are being ignored and they need support.

Our waitlist is currently closed

When young people need advocacy support they sign up for our waitlist. Our advocacy team then contacts them when they can provide advocacy. 

Unfortunately, we have had to close our waitlist. We cannot take any new advocacy requests at this time as we are at capacity.

We are sorry that we are not able to assist you right now. There are a lot of young people with disability who need advocacy support from YDAS.

We need to focus on providing a high quality service to our current clients and the young people who are on our waitlist already. We need to have enough time to advocate for each of our clients to make sure their rights are being met.

At the moment, this means that we cannot take on more clients.

YDAS will announce when we are able to reopen our advocacy service and can start adding young people to our waitlist again. We will review every two weeks so we can reopen when there is space on the waitlist available.

Funding for our advocacy service

Our individual advocacy service is free for young Victorians with disability who are aged 12–25. This is because we receive government funding to run the service.

We are currently advocating for more funding so that we can reopen our service to provide advocacy to more young people. If you would like to fill out a complaint form below, we will add it (anonymously) to the case we are making to the Victorian Government.

Complaints

To find out more about how to make a complaint you can check out our complaints procedure below. All of our service users are also encouraged to contact the Disability Services Commissioner if there is anything about our service that they are not happy with.

How to make a complaint about YDAS – Word version

YDAS complaints form – Word version

Contact

Phone: 0438 638 734

If you have questions about our advocacy service, please contact Jade Maiolo, YDAS Admin and Intake Officer, Monday to Friday during office hours via the phone number above or email at jmaiolo@yacvic.org.au