About AMPARO Advocacy

AMPARO Advocacy is a non-profit community organisation which provides independent individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people from a non-English speaking background with disability. AMPARO is governed by a voluntary management committee, the majority of whom are people from a non-English speaking background with disability. The organisation receives funding from the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

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Our Mission

AMPARO Advocacy defends, protects and promotes the rights and interests of vulnerable people from a non-English speaking background who have a disability.

The Objects of AMPARO Advocacy are:

  • To provide individual advocacy for vulnerable people from a non-English speaking background who have a disability to defend, protect and promote their rights and interests so that their fundamental needs are met
  • To influence positive sustainable change to attitudes, policies practices and resources within governments and communities
  • To develop links with others who can strengthen our advocacy efforts
  • To be an effective, accountable social advocacy organisation
  • To undertake activities that furthers the objects of the Association and social advocacy.

Our vision, values and beliefs

AMPARO Advocacy’s vision is that people from a non-English speaking background with disability are accepted as part of Australian society, with access to information and all services and benefits, so that they can be included, and participate and contribute in family and community life.

AMPARO Advocacy believes that people from a non-English speaking background with disability have the same right to live valued lives that are comparable to those of other members of society where they:

  • are respected and valued
  • can experience valued relationships with friends, family and community
  • have access to interpreters and information in their preferred language
  • have supports and services provided in a culturally sensitive and responsive ways
  • have natural authority to influence the direction of their own lives, or where they have limited capacity, that their family if possible retains this authority
  • are welcomed and have opportunities to live an ordinary life
  • are participating and contributing members in the social, economic and political life of broader Australian society

Our mandate

AMPARO Advocacy takes our mandate from the following important declarations, laws and principles which promote the rights of all people, as well as expectations for the lives of people from a non-English speaking background with disability.

  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2006
  • Disability Services & Other Legislation Amendment Act (Qld) 2008
  • Disability Services Act, (Qld) 2006
  • Disability Discrimination Act, (Clth) 1992
  • Anti-Discrimination Act, (Qld) 1991
  • Racial Discrimination Act, (Clth) 1975
  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons, 1975
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1966
  • United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

Strategic Goals 2014-2017

  1. Provide vigorous individual advocacy.
  2. Engage in strategic systemic advocacy.
  3. Ensure strong organisational governance.
  4. Be an effective, accountable advocacy organisation.
  5. Strengthen organisational capacity.

Membership

Full information about membership is available here

Key Policies

  1. Language Service Policy (pdf)
  2. Access to Individual Advocacy (pdf)
  3. Systems Advocacy Policy (pdf)
  4. Complaints Resolution/Feedback Policy
  5. Conflict of Interest Policy

AMPARO Advocacy Information Booklet

Please click here to download an information booklet about AMPARO Advocacy

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AMPARO Advocacy Multicultural Engagement Information Booklet

Please click here to download our  Multicultural Engagement Project Brochure