People with Disability Australia

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People with Disability Australia
Abbreviation PWDA
Formation 1981
Type NGO
Purpose Peak disability rights and advocacy organisation
Region served
Craig Wallace

People with Disability Australia Inc (PWDA) is a national Australian disability rights and advocacy organisation founded in 1981 and based in Redfern, New South Wales. The president of PWDA is Craig Wallace.[1]

History and mission[edit]

PWDA was founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons to provide people with disabilities a voice of their own. This non-profit, non governmental peak organisation has been described as "the only national, cross-disability organisation representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability" (which includes mental illness).[2]


The organisation operates the National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline and the Complaint Resolution and Referral Service (CRRS) on behalf of the Australian Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

The Hotline provides an Australia-wide telephone hotline for reporting allegations of abuse and neglect of persons with disability who use government funded services. These allegations are referred to an appropriate authority for investigation.

The CRRS is an independent complaint resolution service for persons with disability who use Commonwealth funded disability employment and advocacy services.

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