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.
Intercultural Discussion for Disability Awareness Forum 22 July 2015
Intercultural Forum Flier
All new training workshops for 2015
These workshops will help you and your organisation build capacity and skills to respond effectively to the CALD marketplace
Bringing NDIS to CALD Communities
Enrolment form 2015
Please note change of date for Workshop 1!!
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.
Governance Committee Advertisement
Disability Advocacy Network Australia - Survey on Independent advocacy's role in NDIS Quality and Safeguarding framework
There is still an opportunity for you to provide input to any or all of the 12 open-ended questions in reponse to the DANA Survey to inform their submission to the
DSS Consultation on the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework.
(If you only have time to answer a couple of questions, please do that - you can return to take the survey multiple times to respond to other questions.)
DANA would particularly appreciate the contribution of any stories or examples related to the topics of:
- disability service complaints
- quality assurance, monitoring and improvement
- access to independent advocacy
- violence, abuse and neglect (system responses and prevention)
- restrictive practices
- oversight and accountability mechanisms
Please re-share the survey web link with disability advocates, people with disability and any interested stakeholders through your networks:
MDAA's submission to the National Disability Insurance Agency
MDAA's submission to Family and Community Services
Social Housing in NSW Discussion Paper
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
Support WWDA’s Network for Young Women and Girls
NSW Disability Inclusion Plan
The NSW Disability Inclusion Plan was launched by the Minister for Disability Services the Hon John Ajaka on 26 February 2015 at the Sydney Opera House. For more information go to Family and Community Services website at
MDAA Wollongong office has relocated to:
24 Kenny St Wollongong NSW 2500
Contact us Wollongong
Latest version of MDAA "Share With Us" Newsletter
Minister for Disability Services
The Hon John Ajaka MLC visits MDAA