Advocacy is the process of empowering, promoting, supporting and representing the rights and interests of people who are in a vulnerable situation, and includes the protection of an individual’s rights and interests to obtain justice.
Advocacy can involve acting, speaking, or responding on behalf of a person to ensure they have access to, and receive, services that meet their individual needs.
FSG Australia respects the right of each person to access an advocate and/or an advocacy service that protects their interests and rights, and assists the person to achieve personal goals and aspirations. These advocacy services should have an interest in, or be sensitive to, your needs and respectful of your cultural, religious and linguistic identity.
If you need assistance in some of the decision-making areas of your life, FSG Australia encourages you to seek either a formal advocate (advocacy service) or informal advocate (family, friend or interested party).
There are a range of Disability Advocacy Agencies funded by the Australian Government – Department of Social Services with contact details available via their website.
If you would prefer FSG Australia to make initial contact with an advocacy service on your behalf, please contact your program coordinator or the Southport office on 07 5564 0655 and ask for the intake person.
If you would like to involve your advocate in the planning and implementation of your FSG Australia service, please discuss this with your coordinator and ask to complete an advocate nomination form. You can change your nominated advocate at any time by updating the form.