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North East Citizen Advocacy Inc. (NECA) is a vibrant not-for-profit organisation dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities in Banyule, Darebin, Whittlesea, and Nillumbik. Our mission is to champion the rights and interests of adults with intellectual disabilities, actively combating discrimination, neglect, and abuse. We strive to break down barriers to inclusion, ensuring that everyone in our community has the opportunity to thrive.

At NECA, we believe in the power of advocacy to create meaningful change. Our passionate team works to provide support, amplify voices, and promote equality. We are committed to fostering a society where all individuals are valued, respected, and included.

NECA is an independent organisation with a dedicated team providing free services ensuring the voices of those we support are heard and respected.

Join us in our mission to make a difference. Whether you are looking for support, interested in volunteering, or wish to support us, there are many ways to get involved. Together, we can build a more inclusive and just world for everyone.

NECA Programs

Following is a summary of our programs – click on each one to find out more.

NECA is an independent organisation that is funded by the Department of Social Services, and all services are provided free of charge.

Citizen Advocacy
The Citizen Advocacy program connects volunteer advocates with people with intellectual disabilities, to establish long lasting relationships that provide advocacy support. Read more …
Individual Advocacy
Individual advocacy aims to prevent and address instances of unfair treatment or abuse, and helps make sure the voice of the person with disability is heard. This service is applicable when there is an immediate or short-term need for advocacy support. Read more …
Systemic Advocacy
Working toward positive changes in legislation, policy, and service practice. Most recently this work has focused on submissions to the Disability Royal Commission (DRC) – find more information and resources related to the DRC findings here. Read more …
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3 flags for Indigenous Australians. Torres Strait islanders, and the Rainbow flag
We acknowledge that our work takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. We wish to extend this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.