Rights and responsibilities

Rights and responsibilities

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Rights and responsibilities

Our support programs are delivered in keeping with the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. We uphold your right to freedom, respect, equality and dignity. Under the Charter, you have responsibilities too.

Rights & Responsibilities

  • Your rights
  • Freedom from abuse and neglect
  • Disability advocacy

Your rights

The Disability Act 2006 is there to protect your rights and ensure people with a disability have the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else. It does this by outlining your rights and how organisations should deliver disability services.

Everyone has these rights including the elderly, people with a disability, young people, your carers, people from different cultures and people who believe in different religions.

Everyone has the right to make choices about their life. Everyone has the right to live their life free from neglect, abuse, violence and fear. Everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity by others at all times

Freedom from abuse and neglect

Abuse is when someone tries to take away your rights. Abuse is when someone does or says things to make you frightened or upset. You might be scared to speak out or stop them.

Sometimes a person may not realize they are hurting you. But some people do it on purpose. Either way, abuse is wrong.

If you or someone you know are experiencing abuse.

The Tipping Foundation has strategies in place to ensure the right staff support you and that they can identify if someone is being abused. We have a duty of care to prevent abuse and neglect for the people we support.

If you have any concerns about abuse or neglect, you can talk to a Tipping staff member or service coordinator. You can also contact us via the complaints form on this website, or on (03) 9564 1000.

Alternatively there are a number of organizations that may be able to assist you:

Independent complaint bodies

Disability advocacy

Advocacy is when a person or organisation represents an individual or group of people by working with them to exercise their rights and ensure their rights are upheld.

An advocate can help by providing you with information or working with you to resolve an issue related to your rights. They may support you to advocate for your own rights, or they may speak on your behalf if you prefer.

How can The Tipping Foundation help?

The Tipping Foundation can work together with you to access advocacy services, if you do not already have an advocate to support you. If you wish, we can contact advocacy services on your behalf to ensure your rights are upheld.

Speaking up for yourself

Self-advocacy is the ability to speak up for yourself. It means that you speak up for your rights and are able to make choices and decisions on your own. The Tipping Foundation is able to support your self-advocacy, and we will work with you to achieve your goals.

For people with a disability, self-advocacy means:

  • Speaking on one’s own behalf
  • Understanding your rights
  • Making real choices
  • Learning new skills

Who to contact

Advocacy organisations:

A full list of Victorian advocacy services can be found at:

Disability Advocacy Resource Unit
Level 8, 128 Exhibition Street Melbourne, Vic, 3000
Phone: (03) 9639 5807
TTY: 133 677 quote 9639 5807
Email: admin@daru.org.au