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ADA Australia

What we do

ADA Australia is an independent not for profit organisation that offers a wide range of advocacy and education services, as well as targeted projects and resources. See below for an overview of our organisations offerings, or download our ADA Australia at a Glance Flyer

ADA Australia Advocacy Services
ServiceWe Help WithService AreaClientsMore Information
Aged Care AdvocacyADA Australia offers information and individual advocacy support to people who have issues related to Commonwealth funded aged care services.

Further information on each ADA Australia service and activity can be found on dedicated website pages. Refer to the links provided beside each section.
All of QueenslandPeople who have issues with accessing services, or are experiencing service provision and care related problems for the following Commonwealth funded aged care programs:
  • Commonwealth Continuity of Support (CoS) Program
  • Commonwealth Funded Dementia Services
  • Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)
  • Home Care Packages (HCP)
  • Residential Aged Care Homes
  • Various Flexible Care Services
Aged and Community Advocacy
Our Disability Advocacy Service provides information, referrals or individual advocacy support to people with disability who are experiencing issues with support services, discrimination or unfair treatment.All of Queensland for those under the age of 65

Gold Coast and Rockhampton regions for those of any age
People of any age, with a permanent or likely to be permanent disability, which results in substantially reduced capacity for communication, learning or mobility and the need for ongoing support services.
This includes, but is not limited to: physical, cognitive, sensory, learning or neurological disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, Acquired Bran Injury, psychiatric or mental health illness.
Disability Advocacy
Disability Royal Commission
We can provide support to those who wish to interact with or provide submissions to the Disability Royal Commission.Gold Coast or Rockhampton (Fitzroy) Regions

People of any age
People living with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation and wish to share their story with the Disability Royal Commission.
Disability Royal Commission
Human Rights
Advocacy & Legal Help
Our Community Legal Service, ADA Law, provides legal advice, representation, and non-legal advocacy and information, to adults whose decision-making capacity is impaired or in question. Our service supports the adult to express their views, wishes and preferences at the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) in relation to Guardianship, Administration and Enduring Power of Attorney matters. We also provide assistance to people (principals) with their Enduring Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Directives.South East Queensland in the areas from Bundaberg to Toowoomba, and down to the Gold Coast. We may also be able to offer support in other areas of Queensland on a limited case by case basis.Adults who have a current QCAT hearing scheduled, or about to be scheduled. This includes adults with:
  • Impaired decision-making capacity, who are unhappy with their appointed decision maker and wish to make changes
  • Questionable decision-making capacity, who are at high risk of having appointed decision-makers put in place.

We may also assist adults who have questionable or impaired decision-making capacity and are unhappy with their current Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA) or Advance Health Directive.

Elder Abuse AdvocacyOur Community Legal Service, ADA Law, also provides Elder Abuse Advocacy. We provide information, individual advocacy and supported referral for people living in residential care who are at risk of elder abuse.Greater Brisbane region only, including:
  • Moreton Bay
  • Brisbane
  • Ipswich
  • Redland Bay
Adults over 65 years who are:
  • residing in residential aged care; and
  • experiencing or at risk of experiencing abuse from their formal (Enduring Powers of Attorney) or informal decision makers, family, carers or friends.
Aged Care Navigator Trial Service
The Aged Care Navigators Trial is delivered as part of a consortium led by COTA Australia and funded by the Australian Government.

The Aged Care Navigation Service provides
  • Information on the aged care system
  • Practical support to access aged care services in the home or in residential aged care
  • Group information sessions about aged care
  • Brisbane South including Tamborine, Lamington, Beaudesert, Kooralbyn and Mt Barney
  • Bundaberg and throughout the Wide Bay area
People seeking support to understand and access the aged care system.

Groups of people interested in learning more about the aged care system and how to access it. For example, carer support groups, health related support groups and social groups.
For more information about the ADA Australia Aged Care Navigation Trial Service click here

For information about the Aged Care Navigator Trial Program go to
ADA regularly engages with both consumers and providers of aged care, disability and guardianship services. This ongoing engagement helps inform our understanding of the service and system issues impacting on consumers.Systemic Advocacy


ADA Australia offers specialised education and training to the Aged and Disability industry. See below for an overview of the training services.

ADA Australia Education and Training
Education TypeParticipantsCost/StructureTraining OverviewSession Time/Location
Staff and residents/clients of Commonwealth funded aged care services.Free for Commonwealth funded aged care service groupsEducation about the rights and responsibilities of clients and care staff, and to inform them of the role of advocacy.

For more information got to Advocacy Education
20-45 mins (dependent on group needs)

Offered anywhere in Qld.
Decision Making
Staff Training
Health, aged, disability and related sector staff.Fee for service, Individual tickets, or in house group training.Training to help people understand about Guardianship and Administration systems in Qld for vulnerable people whose decision making capacity is questioned.

For more information go to Understanding Decision Making
Choice of 4 hour or 6.5 hour sessions.

Offered anywhere in Qld.
Health Decision
Making Training
Health, aged, disability and related sector staff.Fee for service. In house group training.Overview of health care decision making to help staff understand how to undertake substituted decision making for a range of scenarios.

For more information go to Health Decision Making Training
2 hours.

Offered anywhere in Qld.
Elder Abuse
Older persons community groups and service providers.Free.Overview of Elder Abuse and Elder Abuse prevention.

For more information go to Elder Abuse Education
45 min - 1 hour.

Offered in Greater Brisbane Region.
mhWISE Older
Persons Mental
Health Training
Aged and community care workforce at all levels. Different programs available.Fee for service. In house group training.Offers workers in Residential care settings to understand how to support people with disability and older peoples’ mental health and support those experiencing mental illness.

For more information go to mhWISE
Choice of 4 hour or 6.5 hour sessions.

Offered anywhere in Australia.


ADA Australia regularly engage in specialised project work to support the wider needs of the aged and disability sector. Below is an on overview of recent projects ADA Australia has undertaken.

ADA Australia Projects
ProjectProject Type
MHLaw QldDevelopment of a one-stop directory where you will find information and services that can help you navigate legal and other issues which impact people experiencing mental health issues in Queensland. For more information go to
Speak-upDevelopment of the speak-up series, a range of self-advocacy resources to you speak up to resolve a range of everyday issues that people with disability and older people tell us they face. For more information go to
Financial Capability Video ResourcesDevelopment of free video resources to support people living with intellectual disability and their supporters to increase their financial literacy. For more information go to Supporting Financial Decisions
Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA)Development of resources and a video to guide staff and those Attorneys operating under an Enduring Power of Attorney. For more information go to Enduring Power of Attorney
Advance Health Directives for Mental HealthDevelopment of resources and education for consumers and staff on Advance Health Directives for Mental Health documents. For more information go to Advance Health Directives for Mental Health
My Rights QldADA Australia, funded by Legal Aid Queensland, created a free online guide to help people with disability to understand their rights, and find help available in Queensland. For more information go to My Rights Qld
ATSIDNQADA Australia manage the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Disability network of Queensland (ATSIDNQ), under the auspice of QDN. For more information go to ATSIDNQ
Research ProjectsADA Australia has been involved in various research projects and partnerships. For more information go to Strategic Alliances
EventsADA Australia regularly hosts events to inform the industry about important topics. For more information go to Events
MediaADA Australia has a stable media presence, often providing provides insight on the aged and disability sector. For more information go to Media