About Us

The Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC) is the peak advocacy organisation in WA and aims to safeguard the rights of ethnic people with disabilities and their families.

We provide individual and systemic advocacy services for people with all types of disability including physical, sensory, intellectual and psychiatric conditions.

Individual and Systemic Advocacy

EDAC can advocate in areas such as the justice system, health-care, education, child-care, employment, housing, transport and others.More information on individual advocacy and systemic advocacy.

For inquiries or advocacy assistance please phone 9388 7455 or 1800 659 921.

EDAC is funded by Department of Social Services and Western Australia Disability Services Commission for Advocacy activities.

EDAC can help by providing information regarding services, community support groups and government agencies/policies and also liaising with these agencies. Fill in the referral online. 

 EDAC can also assist in referrals to other services.

Our Mission

Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre vigorously seeks to promote, protect and safeguard the rights and interests of people with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CaLD) and/or mental health issues, their families/ carers and community in order for them to fulfill their full potential

Our History

The Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC) was established in March 1995 to provide an advocacy service for people with disabilities from non-English speaking backgrounds in Western Australia. EDAC came about as issues for ethnic people with disabilities and their carers were inadequately addressed and their uptake of disability services was poor.

EDAC remains the only independent advocacy agency in WA that represents the rights and interests of people with disabilities from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) background and their carers.

Strategic Planning 2014-2018

A Strategic Planning workshop was held in late July 2014 with board members, staff, volunteers, clients and stakeholders. EDAC's Strategic Planning  for 2014-2018 was adopted by the Management Committee at the September meeting.

Download the Strategic Planning  2014-2018 

Policies and Procedures

Disability Services Standards

Disability Services Standards (1-6) define what the West Australian Government expects services to achieve when assisting people with disabilities and their families. It describes how the principles and objectives of the Disability Services Act (1993) should be put into practice in disability services. They represent a framework that assists people with disabilities, their families/ carers and service providers to collaborate in the development and maintenance of high quality services.

EDAC has been able to contribute significantly to facilitate the application of the Standards for service providers and their CaLD clients.

Disability Services Commission - www.disability.wa.gov.au

Board of Management

President                                            Jasbir Mann

Vice-President                                  Dr. Bernadette Wright

Secretary                                             Ruth Lopez        

Treasurer                                            John Cooke       

 Committee Members:

                                                                 Angelo Cianciosi              

                                                                  Annie Abraham                                               

                                                                 Christian FitzGerald

                                                                  Khadra Jama-Alol

                                                                  Leslie Cangemi                                 

                                                                 Suresh Rajan

                                                                 Tony Vardaro

Organisational Structure

EDAC's Organisational Structure 2017

Contact our Office for more information

Phone (08) 9388 7455  |  Freecall 1800 659 921

or send us an email