Villamanta began in 1990 and was incorporated on 5 July 1991 as an incorporated association. It works to make sure that people in Victoria with a disability, especially those with an intellectual disability, are able to know and protect their rights and do not face discrimination.

It is part of the National Disability Advocacy Programme (NDAP) funded by the Australian Government.

Our Mission and Vision

Mission

Villamanta is a Community Legal Centre operating throughout the state of Victoria on disability related legal and justice issues. Our focus is on intellectual disability.

Villamanta’s mission is to protect and advance the rights of Victorians with a disability by advising, informing and representing them and acting as an advocate on disability related legal and justice issues.

Vision

Villamanta’s vision is to be recognised as a leading provider of legal and justice related services for people with an intellectual disability and through our work, significantly contribute to creating an environment in Victoria in which people with a disability are acknowledged, recognised and respected equally with other Victorians and do not face discrimination.

Our Values

The following core values guide Villamanta as we pursue our mission and conduct our operations:

Inclusivity

Facilitating the full and effective participation of people with disabilities in our governance and activities.

Accessibility

Ensuring that our services are accessible to all those who need and can benefit from them.

Excellence

Pursuing excellence in all that we do.

Accountability

Being open and transparent with clients and potential clients and those bodies that make our operations possible.

Professionalism

Being ethical, honest and courteous in all our internal and external dealings.

Improvement

Striving to continuously improve the effectiveness of the services we provide and our efficiency.

Who runs Villamanta?

Management Commitee

Villamanta is run by a community based Management Committee. Committee members are elected every year at the our Annual General Meeting. Anyone who is a member of Villamanta can nominate to be on the Management Committee.

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Become a member!

Villamanta encourages anyone who supports its aims, in particular people who have a disability, to become members of the Service. It does not cost anything to become a member. Members have the right and power to have a say about the work Villamanta does.

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Who pays for Villamanta?

Villamanta is a free service for people who have a disability, their carers and their advocates. We get money to run the Service from the Australian Government through a law called the Disability Services Act. Sometimes we get money from other places to do special projects.

Who decides the priorities?

Villamanta’s main purpose is to make sure that people in Victoria who have a disability know about the law and can use the law to help get their rights. We work mostly for people who have an intellectual disability.

You are welcome to view Villamanta’s Constitution to understand how  decisions are made.

Deakin University

Villamanta’s work is greatly assisted by Deakin University which generously provides us with office accommodation and associated services at nominal cost. Villamanta also collaborates with Deakin’s Law School to provide professional experience placements for its students. They make a valuable contribution to our work as well as learning about disability law and practice.