Welcome from our EO

Welcome to the Gippsland Disability Advocacy website.

We hope our new format will provide easy access to information regarding GDAI services, but to also provide you with links to services and programs in the Gippsland area. Our site is designed to:

  • Promote awareness and understanding of the needs and abilities of people with a disability
  • Provide valuable information to people with a disability, families and professionals on the vital advocacy support services we provide
  • Highlight the talents of our dedicated Board of Management and staff who strive for excellence and always go above and beyond

The website also makes it easier than ever for you to partner with us and ensure that our services will continue to thrive for decades to come!
Become a member of GDAI

GDAI is supported by the Victorian Goverment and funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS)

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Membership

As a truly community based organisation, becoming a member of Gippsland Disability Advocacy Incorporated is open to all people of the community who wish to show support for the aims, vision and philosophy of Gippsland Disability Advocacy.

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Disability Advocate- East Gippsland/ Bairnsdale

An opportunity exists for an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and self-disciplined
person for the following position located in Bairnsdale covering the Gippsland
East district. Find out more >>

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People with a disability have the right to:

  • Be seen as valued community members;
  • See all discrimination end;
  • Be listened to;
  • Speak out for their rights;
  • Be informed
  • Do things for themselves;
  • Make choices;
  • Take Risks;
  • Learn about living in the community;
  • Have friends and a variety of relationships;

Who we are

Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc. (GDAI) is a not for profit, community based Incorporated Association with a full gift tax recipient status.

GDAI is funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide information, advocacy support and referral to specialist services as may be appropriate.

GDAI provides outreach support to people with disabilities across the six regional LGAs of Gippsland.

GDAI has a demonstrated commitment to the principles of access and equity, with a firm ongoing commitment to the principals of current best practise to provide high quality support to clients.

Gippsland Disability Advocacy Incorporated (GDA) provides advocacy support, advice and referrals for people living with disability.

GDA has been a champion for the rights of people with disabilities since 1986. As the largest independent provider of professional advocacy services in the Gippsland region, we are dedicated to supporting and defending the interests of those who are marginalised and disadvantaged.

Read More about our Values, Goals and Strategic Plan here

Our Team

Board of Management

The GDAI Board of Management is responsible for setting the direction, strategy and financial objectives for GDAI. GDAI’s Board of Management Members are extraordinarily generous with their time and offer a broad perspective with a magnitude of knowledge on many issues.
This ensures that GDAI remains committed to our mission and guiding principles.

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Rosalie

O’Neil

Chairperson

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Joanne

Wilson

Treasurer

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Hadley

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Clare

McHugh

Secretary/Public Officer

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Lianne

Ypelaan

Our Team

We are a professional and diverse Team whose passion and respect for each other unites us to work collectively to achieve social justice and equity.
We are compassionate, trustworthy, inclusive, and non-judgemental and are committed to providing dedicated advocacy services in a safe environment and empower people with disabilities to achieve their full potential.

Contact Us

OUR LOCATIONS

Traralgon

Suite 2 first floor, 6 – 8 Grey Street, Traralgon 3844
PO Box 9251 Traralgon Victoria 3844

Bairnsdale

U 1,  210 Main Street, Bairnsdale 3875

Wonthaggi

Bass Coast Adult Learning, 239 White Rd, Wonthaggi VIC 3995

CALL US

(03) 5175 0444
(03) 5174 5988 (fax)