Who We Are

The Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC) is the peak advocacy organisation in WA and aims to safeguard the rights of ethnic people with disabilities and their families.

We provide individual and systemic advocacy services for people with all types of disability including physical, sensory, intellectual and psychiatric conditions.

Individual and Systemic Advocacy
EDAC can advocate in areas such as the justice system, health-care, education, child-care, employment, housing, transport and others. More information on individual advocacy and systemic advocacy.

For inquiries or advocacy assistance please phone 9388 7455 or 1800 659 921.

EDAC is funded by Department of Social Services and by the Department of Communities (Disability Services)for Advocacy activities.

EDAC can help by providing information regarding services, community support groups and government agencies/policies and also liaising with these agencies. Fill in the referral online.
EDAC can also assist in referrals to other services.

Our Mission
Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre vigorously seeks to promote, protect and safeguard the rights and interests of people with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CaLD) and/or mental health issues, their families/ carers and community in order for them to fulfill their full potential.

Our History
The Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC) was established in March 1995 to provide an advocacy service for people with disabilities from non-English speaking backgrounds in Western Australia. EDAC came about as issues for ethnic people with disabilities and their carers were inadequately addressed and their uptake of disability services was poor.

EDAC remains the only independent advocacy agency in WA that represents the rights and interests of people with disabilities from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) background and their carers.

Strategic Plan

Disability Services Standards
Disability Services Standards (1-6) define what the West Australian Government expects services to achieve when assisting people with disabilities and their families. It describes how the principles and objectives of the Disability Services Act (1993) should be put into practice in disability services. They represent a framework that assists people with disabilities, their families/ carers and service providers to collaborate in the development and maintenance of high quality services.

EDAC has been able to contribute significantly to facilitate the application of the Standards for service providers and their CaLD clients.

Department of Communities (Disability Services) – www.disability.wa.gov.au

Board of Management


Kit Chui


Angelo Cianciosi

Ruth Lopez

Melissa Del Borrello

Committee Members:

Dr. Bernadette Wright

John Cooke

Annie Abraham

Christian FitzGerald

Leah Moolman

Asha Selathurai

Alia Abdi


Wendy Rose, Chief Executive Officer

Jeyanti Segaran, Finance and Office Manager

Wayne Press, Advocacy Officer

Halina Krapez, Advocacy Officer

Christine Grace, Manager for Advocacy Services

Rose Dale, Advocacy Officer

Jenni Gordon, Advocacy Officer

Milica Mladinovic, Advocacy Officer

Marjorie Perle, Advocacy Officer

Ann Melbin, Advocacy Officer

Faduma Mohamed, Advocacy Officer

Siyat Abdi, Systemic Officer

Idil Sudi, Team Leader – Community Connectors

Farhiyo Igal – Community Connector

Safia Almahjoobi – Community Connector

Thuy Phan – Community Connector

Mayshan Kelishadi – Community connector

Grace Rosales, Communications Project Officer

Cheryl Ozies, Regional Advocate – Kimberley

Helen Clements, Regional Advocate – Kimberley

Sandra Collard, Regional Advocate – Pilbara

Selena Casey, Regional Advocate – Pilbara

Lily Ong, Book keeper

Veronica FitzGerald, Administration Officer

Organisational Structure

Organisational Chart

Referral form