Policy and advocacy

Our policy and advocacy team address many issues that affect people living with a spinal cord injury. It's our role to ensure that public money is spent on projects that promote inclusiveness, and to lobby for new programs and services that address unmet needs. 

Our systemic advocacy service addresses key issues affecting people living with a spinal cord injury on a local, state and national level.

Our individual advocacy service helps people resolve issues that they might have around areas such as transport, equipment, housing and modifications, employment opportunities and pensions, personal care and access. 

Referral process for individual advocacy

Any new inquiries or referrals to our individual Policy and Advocacy service are assessed on a weekly basis. You will hear back regarding your inquiry then, in addition our team will provide you with the best advice possible on pursuing your issue or advocacy case.

In the meantime, visit our Facebook group Disability Advocates SCIA to get to know our team members, read interesting articles on our advocacy work and familiarise yourself on how to self-advocate.

Telephone based advocacy to support individual actions

One of the services we offer is support for actions that individuals undertake independently. We can give advice on who to contact, what type of approaches to make, provide you with research material to help you illustrate that many people experience the same issues, or assistance with proofing of letters and other correspondence.

Please find below three forms that we require you to complete in order to fulfill our reporting requirements. Your advocate will talk you through them:

PA07 – Self advocacy assistance recognition form

PA01 – Individual advocacy plan

PA02 – Policy and Advocacy evaluation form

Campaigns and Inquiries

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia’s Policy and Advocacy Team is continually involved in campaigns and inquiries as part of its systemic advocacy. This can involve supporting the campaigns of peak organisations, instigating new campaigns or submitting submissions to inquiries.

Please go to our Campaigns and Inquiries page to read about what we are currently involved with.

Please go to our Submissions and Reports page to view the submissions we have made.

Volunteer Advocates

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia is always looking for volunteer advocates throughout Australia. Our aim is to support local advocacy and provide guidance to ensure that local issues are properly addressed. So if you are active in your local community and wish to get more involved in making your community a better place please contact us.

For more information on any issues concerning policy and advocacy call us on 1800 819 775 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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