We’ve had several enquiries from people in the Darwin area lately, so here is the best place to go to for Advocacy issues.


The Seniors and Disability Rights Service is based in Darwin and regularly visits Katherine, Nhulunbuy and other locations across the Top End of the NT as required.

The Seniors and Disability Rights Service assists older people or people with disabilities and their representatives who want to understand their rights and know how to implement them.

You have rights no matter where you live, or how much assistance you need, including the rights to:

  • be supported by an advocate
  • be treated with dignity and respect, and to maintain your independence
  • feel safe
  • make a complaint

We can give you information and help about your rights regarding:

  • where you live
  • care and services you are receiving
  • activities in your community
  • support, representation and referral
  • people not respecting your culture
  • problems where you work
  • access to an interpreter

If you require an interpreter (including Auslan) we can provide one for free.

Phone: 08 8982 1111

Freecall: 1800 812 953

Email: [email protected]


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Salary by Negotiation according to experience

Are you a client focused and experienced community or health services manager with knowledge of Disability Standards and NDIS?

We are looking for someone who understands advocacy and where it fits within disability rights as well as a capacity to work systemically for better understanding of the needs for people with disabilities. DAS is growing and needs a dynamic and experienced leader to join us in the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Working closely with the Board of Directors, this role is the main link between the organisation, government, and non-government stakeholders. The applicant must have a strong commitment to social justice and human rights for people with a disability as well as a proven track record for effective team management and results-driven leadership of a not-for-profit organisation.

Chief Executive Officer

Position Description

Disability Advocacy Services (DAS) is a community based and Incorporated Association to provide advocacy and support services to people with disabilities in Alice Springs and the Barkly regions.


DAS operates from a best practice and client focused model. As a not-for-profit incorporated community organisation, DAS offers a free, confidential advocacy service to persons and families with a disability, supporting and empowering clients to exercise their own rights in accordance with the NT Disability Advocacy Standards.

The CEO is directly accountable to the Board of Management for the day to day operations of the service and for the performance of the following;

General Responsibilities
  • Manage the day to day operations of the service and integrate all program areas of the service.
  • Abide by the goals, philosophies, constitutions, policies and procedures of the service.
  • Inform, work with, and implement the decisions of the Board of Management;
  • Oversee comprehensive individual and systematic advocacy by working with staff and in partnership with other stakeholders.
  • Ensure that all client and organisational data collection duties are maintained at the highest standard.
  • Work towards above the standards above those set by the government.
  • Represent the organisation in the public discourse with people with a disability and their families.
Staff Management
  • Ensure all staff are familiar with and abide by their position descriptions and employment conditions.
  • Ensure that staff abides by the goals, philosophies, constitution, policies, procedures and decisions of the CEO.
  • Supervise and direct staff including disciplinary procedures where necessary.
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with all staff, students who do work placement, and external partners.
  • Manage conflict resolution processes where required.
  • Provide regular professional supervision to staff
  • Provide and/or arrange for appropriate ongoing training for staff and the Board.
  • Ensure sound financial management of the service
  • Prepare funding submissions for the service and its programs as required.
  • Ensure that funding is acquitted in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Comply with monitoring requirements of funding bodies
Lobbying, Liaison and Community Development
  • Lobby for and maintain a position that reflects the philosophies and beliefs of the Service that protects and advances the rights of people with disability.
  • Maintain astute awareness of the political environment that may impact on people with a disability.
  • Liaise with media to ensure positive public comment on issues
  • Liaise and network with key stakeholders at the local, regional and national levels
  • Promote a strong and positive image of the Service to the broader community and with other service providers
  • Provide advice and written response to policy development at local, Territory and National levels
  • Liaise and maintain positive links in the Alice Springs and Barkley regions.
  • Work with other organisations to ensure consistent and thorough provision of services people with a disability.
  • Continue to raise the public profile of DAS and the importance of Advocacy support for persons with a disability
  • Apply for grant and other opportunities as presented.
  • Prepare written monthly reports for the Board of Management
  • Ensure the timely provision of monthly financial statements for the Board
  • Maintain records and statistics of service users ensuring all funding area statistical requirements are met
  • Maintain and review case files
  • Ensure all position descriptions are relevant and reviewed on a regular basis.
  • Maintain employee records
Policy Review and Evaluation
  • Implement, review and evaluate existing program areas biannually
  • Develop new program areas to reflect identified client needs and organisational directions
  • Implement the strategic plan, to be reviewed annually
  • Develop and review policies, goals and objectives of the service in collaboration with the Board of Management

Selection Criteria


  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice principles, and an awareness of issues relevant to people with a disability, carers, and their families.
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or extensive experience in community development, human resource management, project management, social work or disability service work.
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment and an understanding of the impacts of Australia’s history of colonisation.
  • Analytical and communication skills and the ability to develop and implement strategies and policy.
  • Experience in managing and developing the operations of a service-driven organisation including working with a Board of Management, strategic planning, financial management, staff management and development, reporting and acquittal to funders.
  • Extensive experience in case management, multi-agency case management, advocacy and a thorough understanding of duty of care responsibilities and procedures.
  • Extensive liaison experience with government departments, non-government organisations and members of the community. Skills in establishing and maintaining networks.
  • Well-developed writing and computer skills including the ability to master data collection systems, maintain client related documentation and produce timely good quality internal and external reports  
  • Current drivers licence
  • Current Working with Children Check (Ochre Card)
  • Current acceptable Criminal History Check (less than 6 months old)
  • Willingness to undergo National Child Protection Check (if required by Territory Families)


  • Experience in working with peak bodies and other national and international organisations
  • Negotiation and Mediation skills.
  • Experience in advocacy, lobbying and media liaison

Applications close on 26 May

Contact: Val Dearman (Acting CEO) [email protected] or Ph: 8953 1422

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You’re invited to come along to meet others with Parkinson’s Disease, caring for people with PD or an interest in Parkinson’s. The topic of discussion will be constipation – a continence expert will address the group.
Date: Wednesday 27 March 2019
Time: 6 pm – 8pm
Location: At the Gillen Club Board Room – 57 Milner Road
Contact Disability Advocacy Service on 89531422 for more information.


Art Access Australia’s national, live-streamed Arts and Disability Pre-Election forum is happening on Tuesday 26 February 2019!

Representatives of our major political parties will begin by presenting their policy action on accessibility in the arts, before responding to the recently launched #RealMoneyRealJobs campaign. The forum will end with a Q&A discussion where the public will be invited to ask questions.
This forum is hosted by Arts Access Australia, and proudly support by DADAA.


Arts Access Australia – Website: https://artsaccessaustralia.org/
Arts Access Australia – Arts and Disability Pre-Election Forum Event Page: https://artsaccessaustralia.org/arts-and-disability-pre-election-forum/
DADAA – Website: https://www.dadaa.org.au/
DADAA – Arts and Disability Pre-Election Forum Event Page: http://www.dadaa.org.au/whats-on/event/arts-and-disability-pre-election-forum/


Disability Advocacy Service (DAS) is offering free advocacy training with the To Stand Beside Workshop by Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALID).

The advocacy training program is a two-day intensive workshop aimed at disability support workers, family members, planners, coordinators, managers, and paid or unpaid advocates who are involved in supporting, assisting or representing people with disabilities.

The two-day workshop will run from 9:30am – 4:00pm on Thursday 28th February and Friday 1st March 2019 at The Coolibah Room, The Mercure Hotel, 34 Stott Terrace, Alice Springs. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

If you would like to register to attend this training, or would like more information, contact Vanessa Sullivan at Disability Advocacy Service, via phone 08 8953 1422 or email [email protected] You can also view a brochure and flyer for this training program below.

Please note, spots for this two-day workshop are limited so if you’re interested, register as soon as possible!

From To Stand Beside: Advocacy for Inclusion Training Program, you will gain a:

• greater knowledge of advocacy concepts and principles
• deeper understanding of personal values
• greater appreciation of the advocacy role inherent to all who
work in the disability sector
• greater awareness of the potential conflicts of risk inherent
to the advocacy role
• stronger framework for dealing with advocacy-related issues
• ‘tool box’ full of practical ideas/strategies

Links to more information:





There are upcoming support group meetings in Alice Springs.


You’re invited to come along to meet others with Parkinson’s Disease, caring for people with PD or an interest in Parkinson’s. Come along for talks on Parkinson’s medications by a Pharmacist and an Intern Pharmacist, plus a question & answer session. Contact Disability Advocacy Service for more information on 08 8953 1422.

Date: Thursday 28 February 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Gillen Club Board Room – 57 Milner Road, Alice Springs
Meeting Flyer: Parkinsons Support Group Meeting 28 Feb 2019

Supported by Disability Advocacy Service Inc.



The first Vision Impaired Support Meeting occurred on Friday, 15 February 2019.  If you were interested but couldn’t make it, feel free to contact Carol on 08 8952 3362 or DAS office on 08 8953 1422 for further information.

This is an inaugural get together to assess the needs of Centralians with vision impairment. This could include information about access to services and resources, identifying common needs and how they might be addressed. In future meetings there could be guest speakers, knowledge sharing and general support. We would appreciate hearing from anyone prepared to volunteer their time to assist with transport. For further information, please call Carol on 08 8952 3362 or DAS office on 08 8953 1422.


Date: 15 February 2019
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Disability Advocacy Service Office – 4 / 54 Reg Harris Lane, Alice Springs
Meeting Flyer: Vision Impaired Support Meeting 15 Feb 2019
Supported by Disability Advocacy Service Inc.



New Kid on the Block

Published in Centralian Advocate Newspaper
29 January 2019

By Annie Ernst, DAS Advocate

There’s a new kid on the block to support people in Alice Springs with movement disorders – the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group. This group is for anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, and people who care for someone with, or have an interest in Parkinson’s.
The Parkinson’s Support Group’s first meeting is on Thursday 31 January, from 6pm – 8pm in the Boardroom at the Gillen Club on Milner Road. The theme of this meeting will be ‘sharing’, so bring along an idea, strategy or item that has helped you (or someone you know) with some aspect of Parkinson’s. If you can’t think of something that you would like to share, you can still come along to listen and meet others.
If transport is an issue, or there are other barriers to you attending the meeting, but you would like to come, please contact the Disability Advocacy Service on 8953 1422. And please get in touch if you would like more information about any aspect of the group or its meetings.
The February meeting will be held on Thursday 28 February, from 6pm – 8pm at the Gillen Club, and will have a pharmacist as a guest speaker to address concerns and questions about managing medications. If you would like the pharmacist to answer a question or address an issue, please send your enquiries through to Annie Ernst, Disability Advocate at [email protected] at any time up until 28 February, and these will be passed on to the pharmacist before the meeting. If you come along to the meeting you will also be able to ask questions directly.
Planning for the group’s meetings and activities in the next six months is currently underway and it’s shaping up to be an exciting year! The Disability Advocacy Service encourages anyone who would like to be involved in planning meetings and activities for the second half of the year (even a single meeting) to get in touch.
Upcoming activities for 2019 include a speech therapist who will talk about communication (and do some ‘Yell Well’ with the group) in March, and there will be special activities and promotions for Parkinson’s Disease Awareness month in April. There are also plans to have occupational therapists address the group, as well as a visit by specialists from Parkinson’s SA (which is now supporting the NT with a name change reflecting this to occur in the future). Parkinson’s SA will video their seminars throughout the year (16 seminars in total) and make these available for the group.
The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is a valuable opportunity for you to find and share peer support with others, and a great chance to socialise and connect with the Parkinson’s community!
Tune in to local Alice Springs ABC radio (783AM) on Tuesday 29 January, soon after 10am, to hear an interview about the Parkinson’s Support Group, and don’t forget to contact the Disability Advocacy Service on 8953 1422 for more information. Hope to see you soon!

Post by Annie Ernst, DAS Advocate

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting
Date: Thursday 31/01/2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Boardroom at the Gillen Club (located on Milner Road)

There is a Parkinson’s Support Group meeting on Thursday 31 January from 6pm – 8pm in the Boardroom at the Gillen Club on Milner Road. The theme of this meeting is “Sharing” – please bring along an idea or strategy or item that has helped you (or someone you know) with some aspect of Parkinson’s Disease.  At the bottom of this post are links to both a promotional poster and an agenda for the January meeting. If you would like hard copies, they are available at the Disability Advocacy Service (DAS) Office – or give me a call and we can organise what you require.
Please publicise our meetings – we would like to reach as many people with Parkinson’s Disease as possible. DAS can provide posters for you if you would like to distribute them.
If you or someone that you know would like to attend the meeting and is having difficulty with transport to and from, please let me know.
The February meeting will be on Thursday 28 February from 6pm – 8pm at the Gillen Club and we will have a Pharmacist as a Guest Speaker to address some concerns and questions about managing medications.  If you have any particular questions and concerns that you would like the Pharmacist to consider please send them through to me at any time and I will pass them on prior to the meeting. You can also of course ask questions at the February meeting.
I am in the process of planning meetings and activities for the first six months of the year (it’s looking exciting – come along to the January meeting for more info!) and am hoping that one or more people within the group will take on planning the second half of the year (or even a single meeting) – anyone who would like to do so will of course have the support of the Disability Advocacy Service office.
If you are able to tune in to the local Alice Springs ABC radio next Tuesday 29 January, I will be interviewed by Emma Sleath about the Parkinson’s Support Group soon after 10:00am.

We are exploring opportunities for people to volunteer with Disability Advocacy Service! If you are interested in volunteering with DAS, please let us know – stop by the DAS office, phone 08 8953 1422, or email CEO Terry Thommeny at [email protected]

Australia Day Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony is taking place on Saturday, 26 January 2019 at the Council Lawns on Todd Street, Alice Springs. The Smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country commence at 7:00am, followed by the Flag raising ceremony at 7:30am. Celebrations for Australia Day include the presentations of the 2019 Australia Day Ambassador for Alice Springs, winners of the “Australia Day” 3.5km Family Fun Run/Walk, and the Australia Day Awards, as well as cutting of the Australia Day cake, and a free community sausage sizzle!

For more information, please visit the event page on the Alice Springs Town Council website: http://www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/events/2019-01-26/australia-day-flag-raising-and-citizenship-ceremony

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