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North East Citizen Advocacy Inc. (NECA)is a community based, not-for-profit organisation that provides advocacy to people with intellectual disabilities within the Banyule, Darebin, Whittlesea and Nillumbik areas. NECA was established in 1986 with a citizen advocacy program and has since expanded to provide individual advocacy and systemic advocacy support. NECA seeks to uphold the rights and interests of adults with an intellectual disability on a one-to-one basis by addressing instances of discrimination, abuse and neglect.

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.