Systemic Advocacy

MDAA’s Systemic Advocacy works towards positive changes in the system together with and on behalf of people from a CALD/NES background with disability and their families/carers. We also seek to influence or secure positive long-term changes that remove barriers and address discriminatory practices. This ensures the collective rights and interests of people with disability from CALD/NES background are upheld.

We work towards positive transformations in policies, procedures, practices and service delivery in government and non-government agencies.

To achieve better outcomes for people from a CALD/NES background with disability and their families/carers we:

  • Respond to new initiatives, policies, procedures,
  • Work with other agencies to effect change,
  • Take action to place our issues on the agenda.

Latest Reports Launch

MDAA collaborated with University of Western Sydney on the project titled “THE DOUBLE BIND: Care transition experiences of ageing informal carers and people with disability in minority migrant communities”. The Technical Report launch was held on 2 August 2023 at the University of Western Sydney, Liverpool Campus. The full report can be accessed below :

The_Double_Bind_Report.pdf (

This report titled: An Evaluation of NDIS Appeals and Review: Experiences of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse People with Disability, their Families and Carers is a report commissioned by the University of Notre Dame for the Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association. The report was officially launched online on 20 September 2021 by Dr Fiona Martin MP and MDAA, in the presence of Legal Aid NSW, John Ryan- Disability Royal Commissioner and MDAA staff. 

NDIS Review Appeals Process Report September 2021 (University of Notre Dame)

MDAA Submissions

MDAA Submissions 2024

MDAA Submissions 2023

MDAA Submissions 2022

MDAA Submissions 2021

Joint submission MDAA and NEDA in response to ‘The efficacy, fairness, timeliness and costs of the processing and granting of visa classes which provide for or allow for family and partner reunions’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

MDAA Submissions 2020

MDAA Submissions 2019

MDAA Submissions 2017/2018