Disability Advocate

The Disability Advocate

The South Australian Disability Advocate is a role which was established in November 2018 and sits within the Office of the Public Advocate.

Dr David Caudrey is the Disability Advocate. 

His role is to:

  • ‘ensure’ that South Australians with a disability and their families, are getting a good deal from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)”.  

  • identify systemic issues with the NDIS

  • advocate to address these systemic issues to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and the State for change.

The Disability Advocate writes regular reports on a range of topics.


To access the Disability Advocate reports, please click on the links below.



Disability Advocate Annual Report 2020 (docx)

Attachment 1 - Disability Advocate Annual Report 2019 (docx)

Attachment 2 - January 2020 Monthly Activity Report (pdf)

Attachment 2a - January 2020 Report - Submission from Public Advocate - Review of the NDIS Act 2013 (pdf)

Attachment 2b - January 2020 Report - Executive Summary & Recommendations NDIS Act Review Report (pdf)

Attachment 2c - January 2020 Report - National Press Club Address - Hon Minister Stuart Roberts MP (pdf)

Attachment 2d - January 2020 Report - OPA recommendation comparison with Report and Speech (pdf)

Attachment 3 - NDIS A Cast of Players (docx)


Jan 2021 - Issues Paper - CALD (docx)

Feb 2021 - NDIA Consultation papers - Access & Eligibility (pdf)

July 2020 - Safeguarding Task Force Report (pdf)

July 2020 - Safeguarding Task Force Report (Easy Read) (pdf)

September 2020 - Safeguarding Task Force Supplementary Report (pdf)



July 2020 - NDS Consultation Submission from OPA & Disability Advocate (pdf)

2021 Disability Royal Commission - Safeguards & Quality OPA & DA submission (pdf)

September 2020 - NDIS Support Coordination Submission (docx)



Restrictive Practices Essay (pdf)

Law & Justice Internship Essay (pdf)