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Welcome to IDRS

The Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS) is a specialist legal advocacy service for people with intellectual disability in New South Wales. We work with and for people with intellectual disability to exercise and advance their rights.


‘A Parents Story’

  • Watch our latest video ‘A Parents Story’ where IDRS Board Member, Mike Sprange, shares his unique insights on parenting a son with intellectual disability, how vulnerable people with intellectual disability can be, how people with intellectual disability can often self-incriminate.

Positions Vacant - Sydney Office – Part-time Justice Support Coordinator

Part-time Justice Support Coordinator
  • Part-time position 67.5 hours / 9 days per fortnight
    Fixed term contract till 21 June 2019
    Applications close 5pm Monday 16 April 2018
  • Please click to access further information- Information for Applicants (PDF file)

Launching our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is about organisations’ from every sector turning good intentions into real actions and rising to the challenge of reconciling Australia. A RAP is a business plan that uses a holistic approach to create meaningful relationships, enhanced respect and promote sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Thank you to Jacquelyn Davison, Aboriginal artist from Ngarigo- Monero (Snowy Mountain/ East Gippsland, Vic), Gunai/Kurnai Vic and Dharawal NSW countries.

Please click to access further information- Download our Reconciliation Action Plan. (PDF file)

Annual Report - 2016-2017

  • Please click to view our latest Annual Report- Annual Report (PDF file)

New Resources
“Get to Know Your AVO” – highlights the importance of understanding the AVO rules.

  • Getting an AVO from the police can be both upsetting and confusing. AVOs have rules that have to be followed, so it is best to get reliable information and support as soon as possible.
    Understanding those rules and possible consequences if they are broken is important.

    Watch Our Video or Download Our Brochure below.

    Download your AVO Brochure Here

NSW support services facing funding cut in NDIS

  • Click here to read the Sydney Morning Herald article on funding cuts in NDIS transition

Annual Report - 2015-2016

  • Please click to view our latest Annual Report- Annual Report (PDF file)

Advocacy at Work - Watch Now!

Advocacy: How Alan got the best from NDIS.
  • Alan was one of the first people to get NDIS in Newcastle. On this video Alan talks about how he got onto NDIS with support from an IDRS advocate and how NDIS has changed things for him in the last 2 years. One change is that Alan doesn't get into trouble with the police much anymore.

New website launched - Making Sense

Making Sense
  • Helping parents with intellectual disability make sense of the child protection system in NSW
  • Sections for lawyers, advocates and workers, family members and more!
  • Information about issues, court process and procedures, and parents with intellectual disability


Current projects:

Issue paper - Defendant Incapacity and AVOs
  • This paper examines issues, legal and social, arising for defendants in apprehended domestic violence order (ADVO) and apprehended personal violence order (APVO) matters
  • You can access the complete issues paper here- Issue paper - Defendant Incapacity and AVOs (PDF file)

The Step by Step Guide to making Section 32 (MHFPA) Applications
  • - to obtain a free copy or for information about free training
  • You can also call (02) 9318 0144 for further information
  • Click on above link or the image to find out about locations and dates of future training


Services we provide:

Do you have a legal problem? Click here to find out how to get help Legal advice
  • Free of charge and can be over the phone or face to face
  • Legal advice is given to benefit people with intellectual disability
  • Appointments can be made by calling IDRS
Support at court
  • For people with intellectual disability going to court for criminal matters
  • Available for legal appointments and other court processes
  • A state-wide service in NSW for victims, witnesses and defendants
Support at police stations
  • State-wide service in NSW for people with intellectual disability
  • Includes telephone legal advice at the police station
  • Available to victims, witnesses and people accused of committing a crime
  • Operates 9AM-10PM, Monday-Sunday (7 days per week)
Help for parents with intellectual disability
  • For care and protection matters
  • Legal advice, information and referral service
  • We also provide consultation and education for service providers
Education and training
  • For people with intellectual disability, parents, advocates and service providers
  • For lawyers, police officers and court officials
  • Some training programs can be customised to address the needs of service providers
Consultation for lawyers
  • To help clients with intellectual disability
  • To discuss legal avenues open to people with intellectual disability
  • Provide information about providing services to a person with intellectual disability
Publications and resources
  • For solicitors, service providers, carers and people with intellectual disability
  • Most are free of charge, some can be be downloaded
  • Please call IDRS to get these by post

We also work towards policy and law reform

IDRS policy and law reform submissions
  • Publications relating to IDRS policy and law reform submissions
  • Including reports relating to our major campaigns


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