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Welcome to RIAC

Rights Information and Advocacy Centre Inc (RIAC) (formerly Regional Information and Advocacy Council) is a not for profit organisation operating throughout Geelong, central, northern and north-western Victoria providing information and advocacy support to individuals, families, carers and communities.

The history, culture, diversity and value of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, their Elders and Respected Persons are recognised and acknowledged.

CEO Message

Special thanks

RIAC was successful in receiving funding from the Fairley Foundation to assist with the purchase of 2 iPads and accessories and to subscribe to a Standards and Management Support Program.

Invitation to HV 2016 HD Education Road Show

Insight Magazine January 2016

This inspiring article is in the Insight Magazine January 2016 from the Issue called ‘Putting People back in the Picture’ that the Victorian Council of Social Services produces. It tells Kylie’s story as it was told to them and the new emerging importance of ‘Lived Experience’.

Disability Commissioner visting Shepparton on Thursday 14 January 2016.

RIAC and the National Disability Insurance Scheme

RIAC is very pleased to have been selected by DSS to deliver the newly implemented External Merits Review Support Service (EMRSS) to those Victorians who are resident in the Barwon launch site.

The EMRSS offers very specific support for people with disability seeking an external review of a decision made under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. All people with disability will be offered a support person when seeking external merits review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

This service demonstrates that people with disability will get a fair go when seeking a review , and ensures the review system is accessible and supportive for people with disability. It is also recognition of RIAC's success as an outstanding advocacy service over the past 30 years that it has been selected to deliver the service in the Barwon area of Victoria.

Strengthening Parents Support Program (SPSP)

The Strengthening Parents Support Program within RIAC assists parents and carers of children with a disability or developmental delay. The program currently operates from a self-help group model and provides opportunities for parents in similar situations to meet on a regular basis for: mutual support, networking opportunities, information sharing and training.

Karen Murphy Scholarship

RIAC has implemented a Support Fund for secondary school students and post secondary aged people with a disability to assist with the costs of their study/apprenticeship.

Disability Advocacy Victoria

Disability Advocacy Victoria (formerly Victorian Disability Advocacy Network VDAN), has been established as the peak body for independent disability advocacy organisations and groups in Victoria.

For more information go to the DAV web site


Compliments and Complaints

RIAC welcomes feedback from clients and service providers. Completed forms should be forwarded to the RIAC CEO c/- PO Box 1763, Shepparton VIC 3630. Please mark the envelope "Confidential".

Last update: 12 November 2015