Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (Q A I) is an independent, community-based, individual, systemic and legal advocacy organisation for people with disability in Queensland, Australia.
Q A I’s mission is to promote, protect and defend, through advocacy, the fundamental needs and rights and lives of the most vulnerable people with disability in Queensland.
What we do
The principles by which Q A I operates and by which all efforts should be guided (“the guiding principles”) are contained in the following;
- Mission Statement
- Values statement
- Vulnerability Definition
- Advocacy Principles
- Advocacy Standards
- Governance Document
- Strategic Plan
Q A I adheres to the principles and articles inherent to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The Advocacy Development Network 1999 “Put Advocacy in the Picture” workbook is a tool utilised by advocates in Queensland and is a resource for any wishing to better understand the principles and dilemmas of advocacy.
Q A I does this by:
- systems advocacy directed to attitudinal, law and policy change. We also support a range of advocacy initiatives in this state and nationally.
- individual legal advocacy in support of persons whose disability is at the centre of their legal issue, including:
- Human Rights Legal Service, and
- Mental Health Legal Service.
- individual non-legal advocacy in support of persons with disability dealing with the criminal justice system, or people with disability who may benefit from capacity building support or advice around the NDIS, including:
- Justice Support,
- NDIS Appeals Support, and
- NDIS Decision Support.