Current Projects

Let ME Speak - Funded by the Department of Social Services

Project Officer: Maria Bunn 

The project aims to support  people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds with disability, people with an Acquired Brain Injury ( ABI) their families  and carers by assisting them and providing opportunities to :

  • Discuss issues that impact on their lives in a supported environment
  • Provide assistance to enable the project target group make informed decisions, service choices and self advocate where possible
  • Facilitate access to services that meet their individual needs
  • Increase social networks through participation in peer support groups and engagement in local community activities.


Let ME Speak Flyer


Increase the Participation, Engagement and Sustainable Employment  of People with Disabilities from Culturally and  Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

Project Officer: Fadzi Whande

EDAC has partnered with BIZLINK to pilot a program assisting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds clients with a disability from the Rockingham, Kwinana and Fremantle area. The pilot program will provide support and assistance to CaLD clients through individualised Job-matching and industry specific training and support. An information day is being held on Tuesday 23rd February at BIZLINK Freemantle office for registrations please contact Fadzi Whande on 9388 7455.


Disability Support Organisation Capacity Building Project

Project Officer: Fadzi Whande

EDAC is working with Developmental Disability WA (DDWA) on a program to develop and /or Support Peer Support Groups to learn about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Living a Good Life in Western Australia

Project Officer: Nihal Iscel

EDAC may be invited to different communities to hold forums on “Living a Good life in WA”.

 If you are a person with disability, a family member of a person with disability, carer or community member, are from a refugee or migrant background, and want to know more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Trials in WA, we encourage you to attend an information session that EDAC organised where your eligibility and access to appropriate supports and services are discussed to live a good life.

 You will hear first about who can access funding for appropriate disability supports and services. People with disability have equal rights to actively participate fully in all aspects of community life and contribute in the social, economic and political life in Australia with the right supports and services. If you participate in the NDIS, you may get funding to purchase supports and services that you may need to live a good life.

 In Western Australia, there are currently two trials being implemented to provide supports for people with disability. These are:

  1. Commonwealth government’s NDIS in the Perth hills for people with disability, their families and carers  living in City of Swan, Town of Kalamunda and Town of Mundaring. For more information, please call the NDIS on  tel. 1800 800 110; and
  2. Western Australian Government is also trialling NDIS My Way in the Cities of Cockburn and Kwinana and in the lower south West. For more information on WA NDIS My Way please call 1800 996 214.

  If you live in any of these trial sites, you may be eligible for NDIS. Should you want to discuss your eligibility and access to appropriate supports and services or to book a “Living a good life” forum in your community, please call EDAC on tel. 08 9388 7455 or email:


My Service through My Culture - Self Directed Supports and Services Strategy (Jan 2012)

"My Service through My Culture" is a collaborative project initiative between the Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC) and Baptistcare Inc, funded by NDS.

The main aim of his project is to increase the awareness of self directed services as an option for disability consumers and carers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds. As there are many aspects of self directed services, this project will focus mainly on Shared Management. Shared Management is characterised by a service model whereby the disability organisation and the consumer will share the responsibility of service management and delivery.

The project team will be consulting with service providers and consumers including families/carers on their cultural perspectives and experiences on various aspects of shared management and responsibilities. If you wish to provide input to this project and/or need further information please contact the EDAC office.

    • Advance Health Directive: funded by WA Department of Health (July 2011)

    •  The main objective of this project was to research and educate the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background (CaLD) communities about the Advance Health Directive and the Enduring Power of Attorney through a range of workshops, radio program and provision of translated information in audio and in written material.

       The Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre facilitated a series of consultations with members of CaLD communities.

       The consultations were designed to

      • Provide information about the WA Advanced Health Directive (AHD) and the Enduring Power of Guardianship (EPG) to these communities and
      • Identify issues CaLD clients have with respect to the AHD and EPG
      • Seek community members’ ideas for how best to disseminate information about the AHD amongst CaLD communities.


       For more information and resources to help you make an AHD and appoint an Enduring Guardian please contact the following Government Departments:

    • For AHD contact: Department of Health
    • 189 Royal Street, East Perth WA 6004,               Tel.: (08) 9222 4222                         Website:

       For EPG and appointing and Enduring Guardian contact: Office of the Public Advocate

    • Level 2, International House

    • 26 St. Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000            Tel.: (08) 9278 7300 or 1300 858 455   Website:


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