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Closed Grant Opportunity View - GO6468

Disability Representative Organisations (DRO)

Contact Details

Community Grants Hub

1800 020 283



Department of Social Services
Close Date & Time:
27-Nov-2023 9:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
Primary Category:
171005 - Disability Sector Representation
Publish Date:
Selection Process:
Targeted or Restricted Competitive

FO Reference:


The Disability Representative Organisations (DRO) grant opportunity will run from 2024–25 to 2025–26. The DRO grant opportunity will provide $10.208 million (GST exclusive) over 2 years ($5.104 million per year) to organisations to provide systemic advocacy for Australians with disability.

The DRO program provides the opportunity for people with disability, and their representative organisations, to have their views communicated to the Australian Government. Organisations funded under the DRO grant opportunity will participate in a range of engagement activities with the Australian Government, to ensure that disability issues and a diversity of voices are represented in decision-making, legislation, policy development and implementation of programs and policies that may affect people with disability.

Additional information session 18 October 2023

The department held an information session for potential applicants at 3:00 pm AEDT on 16 October 2023. An additional information session will be held on Wednesday 18 October from 11:00am-12:00pm (AEDT). This session will provide an opportunity for potential applicants to be briefed and ask questions about the grant opportunity. Questions raised in the information session will be published in the Questions and Answers document, which will be updated after the information session and will be available on the GrantConnect website. To register for the information session please email A Microsoft Teams invitation will be sent to your email address prior to information session. Auslan interpreters and live captioning will also be available for the session held on 18 October 2023.


To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Company
  • Incorporated Association
  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Partnership.

Applications from consortia are acceptable as long as there is a lead applicant that is solely accountable to the Commonwealth for the delivery of grant activities and is an eligible entity as per the list above. Eligible lead organisations can form consortia with ineligible organisations.

Additional eligibility requirements apply, please see section 4 of the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

Assessment of applications - 4 weeks 

Approval of outcomes of selection process - 4 weeks 

Negotiations and award of grant agreements - up to 6 weeks

Notification to applicants - 2 weeks 

Earliest start date of grant activity - July 2024

End date of grant activity - June 2026

Instructions for Application Submission:

To apply you must:

  • complete the online application form, please see 'Submit Application'
  • provide all the information requested
  • address all eligibility criteria and assessment criteria
  • complete all required templates
  • include all necessary attachments
  • submit your application/s to the Community Grants Hub between 3 October 2023 and 9:00 pm AEDT on 27 November 2023.
Other Instructions:

Please note: Application Form outage from 9:30 pm until 9:45 pm AEDT Tuesday 14 November 2023.

Please use:

  • Disability Representative Organisations - Questions and Answers - version 5
  • Disability Representative Organisations - Sample Application Form - Word document version
  • Additional information session held 18 October 2023 at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (AEDT).
Addenda Available:

Contact Details

Community Grants Hub

1800 020 283