Our vision, mission and values are a foundational part of what we do. 

Our vision 

We have a vision that the voices and rights of people with disabilities are elevated and reflected in all Australian international development policies and programs. 

Our mission 

We bring people together to inspire, influence and support all international development actors to embrace and deliver disability inclusive development. 

Our values 

Our values guide and inspire our work. 


Human rights are based on the idea of a shared humanity and global citizenship. They reinforce human dignity and worth, and affirm that all people should be treated according to certain basic standards, be protected from abuse and harm, and show respect for others. We support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and other relevant international and domestic human rights instruments. We adopt rights-based approaches to development in an effort to achieve a positive transformation of power relations among various development actors. 


We believe that all people should have a say in the matters that affect their lives, including people with disabilities. We are all enriched when everyone is included and plays a part in developing and sustaining our communities. Everyone has something unique and valuable to contribute to communities. 


Accessibility is the practice of making information, activities, and environments appropriate, meaningful, and usable for all people. We promote equal access to social, political and economic life for all people, regardless of disability.


Inclusion occurs when a diversity of people – for example of different abilities, ages, cultural backgrounds, genders – feel they belong and are valued and respected, have access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute their perspectives and talents to develop their communities. The act of including everyone moves us beyond access. It is a deeper shift towards welcoming and valuing all people exactly as they are. 


Our effectiveness is founded on creating and speaking with a collective voice. We recognise that strong, respectful and mutual relationships with the individuals, organisations, and other stakeholders with whom we work, are the foundation of our success. 

Our strategic plan

You can read more about our values and what we are aiming to achieve and how in our strategic plan. Access our strategic plan for 2023-2026.

The voice of our members

Our Executive Committee oversees the governance of our consortium and sets its strategic direction. 

The Committee is made up of representatives from the Australian international development sector and Australian Organisations of People with Disabilities. 

Committee representatives are elected by our members every two years. We currently have over 500 registered members from the international development sector. The next elections will take place in June-July 2024. 

The work of our Committee involves the development and approval of policy positions, strategic and work plans, advocacy activities and budgets in consultation with our members.  

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