Who We Are and What We Do

ADACAS provides free advocacy and information to people in Canberra and on the South Coast of NSW living with disability, experiencing mental ill-health, older persons and their carers. We are an independent human rights organisation. We believe that all people have an equal right to enjoy their human rights.

We assist people with disability living in three Southern NSW areas to access services and supports funded or delivered by the NSW Government.

We provide support to help applicants access the National Redress Scheme and to individuals who are making a submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Through our Systemic Advocacy we seek to influence Territory and National policies and service delivery to improve the lives of the people we work with. 

We develop tools to help people help themselves such as the Supported Decision Making toolkit and provide inclusion training for people working with people with disability within a human rights framework. We also offer Plain English translations.

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We are a not for profit charity registered with the Australian Charities and not-for-Profits Commission.

Where we work

We provide free advocacy, information and support to the Canberra region, and in NSW to people living in the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla hinterland, Batemans Bay, Broulee – Tomakin and Moruya – Tuross Head areas.    

Picture Credit: Genevieve Carey


We provide free advocacy to assist people with disability living in the Murrumbidgee, Southern NSW and Illawarra-Shoalhaven Local Health Districts access services and supports funded or delivered by the NSW Government.  This region stretches from the Victorian Border in the south to include Wollongong, Young and West Wyalong in the north. It extends from the Southern NSW Coast inland to include Hay and Deniliquin.


You can find out more about the services we provide in NSW on our NSW Disability Advocacy Futures page.

ADACAS NSW Disability Advocacy Futures page

ADACAS and the Older Persons Advocacy Network

ADACAS is a Foundational Member of the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN). Since 2017 OPAN’s nine state and territory members have worked closely to deliver free advocacy, information and education services to older persons across Australia. OPAN is funded by the Australian Government to deliver the National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP) which supports older people who are receiving or are applying for government-subsidised aged care.





Our Vision

Our vision is to live in a community in which everyone may exercise their rights and responsibilities, lead lives of value and dignity and pursue their dreams.

Our Mission

Our mission is to assert, promote and protect the rights and responsibilities of people with disability, people who are older, people experiencing mental ill-health, people who are informal carers.

Our Guiding Principles

Social Justice
We advocate for the realisation of a person's human rights, equitable access and fair and just outcomes via individual and systemic advocacy
We are transparent, authentic and ethical in our work and guided by human rights principals
Pursue Excellence
We are continuously learning and working in collaborative and innovative ways to effect positive change and meaningful outcomes
Reflective Practice
We consciously work to build trust, increase self-awareness and improve our practices through respectful and constructive dialogue