Rural Linkages Project

What is the Rural Linkages Project?

The Rural Linkages Project provides opportunities for women in regional Victoria to learn more about local advocacy organizations and services, and link with their communities.

The project is organizing forums in Gippsland and Barwon South West that bring together local advocacy organizations and trial virtual technology as a way to overcome barriers of distance.

When is the project happening?

The project started in October 2017 and will finish in July 2018.

Women with Disabilities Victoria, in partnership with Rights Information and Advocacy Centre, is organising an advocacy and linkage event in Winchelsea.


Wednesday 22nd August 2018

10:00am – 2:00pm

Eastern Reserve Community Centre

70 Hopkins Street, Winchelsea, 3241

Lunch and refreshments will be provided

There will be opportunities to meet and receive information from organisations such as:

  • Women with Disabilities Victoria
  • Rights Information and Advocacy Centre (NDIS Appeals)
  • Surf Coast Shire Rural Access
  • Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West

Please register for this event on Eventbrite by 11:59pm Monday 20th August 2018.
If you would like assistance to register for this event, please contact Elyse Cox at or (03) 9286 7800.

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What are the benefits of the Rural Linkages Project?

Women who have attended Rural Linkages forums have been able to meet and talk to:

  • Their local advocacy organisation
  • Their local Rural Access worker
  • The Victorian Electoral Commission
  • Other local advocacy services
  • Other women with disabilities who live in their area

Women attending these forums have been able to share their voices and experiences with Women with Disabilities Victoria. These experiences directly contribute to our systemic advocacy and give women opportunities to speak up and be heard.

Women who have attended have also been able to trial and use technology as a way to engage with their local advocacy organisation.

Who are the project partners?

Women with Disabilities Victoria is grateful to formally partner with Rights Information and Advocacy Centre (RIAC), and Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc. (GDAI) to deliver this project.

Women with Disabilities Victoria is also grateful for the support of Rural Access and the Victorian Electoral Commission and others in helping to organise Rural Linkages forums.

Who funded this project?

This project is funded by the Office for Disability, through the Disability Advocacy Innovation Fund.

For more information about this project, please contact us.