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Welcome to Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW (MDAA)

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The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW (MDAA) is the peak body for all people in NSW with disability and their families and carers, with a particular focus on those from a culturally and linguistically diverse / non English Speaking background with disability.


Our Vision is a society where everyone, regardless of background or disability feels welcome, included and supported. MDAA views culture and disability through the lens of diversity. We see diversity as a strength and we promote this view in all our work. We want to make our vision a reality. Over the next five years we will be focussing on three major goals set out in this Strategic Directions document. The details of how we achieve these goals and measure our success will be set out in the Strategic Plan. The major goals are Empowered People, Leading Change and Strengthening MDAA. MDAA works towards achieving these goals through Systemic and Individual Advocacy, Capacity Building and Networking, Industry Development and Training. International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.


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Small Stone, under the auspices of MDAA, is a project by and for young people from culturally and linguistically diverse/ non-English speaking background with disability. Through the project, young people create opportunities for real inclusion and active participation.

Small Stone is hosting a series of workshops with Life Consultancy Services on Thursdays from 17 September 2015 (subject to availability). Contact William Bagatcholon on 0298916400 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Current Vacancies

Executive Director Position

The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director.

The Executive Director leads and inspires MDAA in working for social justice and a community where everyone, regardless of background or disability, feels welcome, included and supported. The Executive Director’s role is to get a fairer deal for people from diverse backgrounds with disability and their families and would need to work innovatively in a rapidly changing environment e.g. with the roll-out of the NDIS.

For an information package call MDAA on 02 9891 6400 or click on the links below.

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Applications must be received by: COB 10 December 2015.

Individual Advocate-Newcastle

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced and skilled Individual Advocate based in MDAA’s Newcastle office.

The position is 3 days per week to provide advocacy to all people with disability, their families and carers with a particular focus on people from non-English speaking (NES)/culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background.

For an information package call MDAA on 02 9891 6400 or click on the links below.

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Position Description Individual Advocate Newcastle

Applications must be received by: COB Friday 4 December 2015.

Voluntary Appointment onto Governance Committee   

There is an exciting opportunity to make a difference in the disability sector. The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA)is seeking an expression of interest for a current vacancy on the MDAA Governance Committee. For more information please click on the link below.

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Department of Social Services

National Disability Advocacy Framework Review

Submission National Disability Employment Framework

Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2015


The Australian Human Rights Commission can investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying based on a person’s: sex, disability, race, age, sexual preference, criminal record, trade union activity, political opinion, religion or social origin (in employment only). For more information visit: www.humanrights.gov.au

 NSW Youth Advisory Council

Applications are sought from people interested in being appointed to the 2015/16 NSW Youth Advisory Council. The Minister responsible for the Youth Advisory Council and the Advocate for Children and Young People are seeking young people, between the ages of 12-24, to nominate to be members of the 2016 NSW Youth Advisory Council.

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Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has set up the WWDA Youth Network to focus on girls and young women with all types of disabilities.  For more information:  http://youth.wwda.org.au/

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MDAA Newcastle office has relocated to:

2A Platt St Waratah NSW 2298

Phone/Fax: 02 49602577

Contact us Newcastle

MDAA Wollongong office has relocated to:

24 Kenny St Wollongong NSW 2500

Contact us Wollongong

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Minister for Disability Services
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