About IRASI

Independent Regional Advocacy Service Inc. (IRASI) (formerly Ipswich Regional Advocacy Service Inc.) advocates and supports people to uphold their human and legal rights.​ Taking a person-centred approach, IRASI assists the most vulnerable and marginalised people in the community to make informed decisions about their lives.  ​

 

Our service footprint extends from the Ipswich Local Government Area (LGA) to inner South West LGA's of Lockyer, Scenic Rim, and Somerset. As a not-for-profit organisation IRASI gratefully acknowledges funding from the Queensland Departments of Communities, Housing and the Digital Economy, and Health. We also gratefully acknowledge funding from Disability Advocacy Network of Australia.

Our Management Guidelines 

  • Compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and standards;

  • Effective strategic planning;

  • Risk management;

  • Consistently high service standards;

  • Honouring people through advocacy;

  • Effective communications with clients;

  • Valuing and developing employees;

  • Continuous improvement.

 

  Our 30 Year History

  • 1991 - West Moreton Housing Resource Service Incorporated

  • 2001 - Renamed Ipswich Tenancy Advocacy Services Inc (ITASI)

  • 2006 - Disability Advocacy Services to South West Region

  • 2006 - Renamed Ipswich Regional Advocacy Services Inc (IRASI)

  • 2010 - Mental Health Advocacy Service

  • 2011 - Ipswich flood impact and recovery 

  • 2012 - Lobbied to retain tenant advocacy program to 2013

  • 2013 - Facilitated 1st Under 1 Roof Ipswich collaborative

  • 2014 - Tenant advocacy cuts: program continued with skeleton staff plus volunteers

  • 2014 - Partnered 'Floresco' Community Managed Mental Health program

  • 2016 - Tenant advocacy funded through QSTARS program

  • 2017 - Adopted Quality Management System

  • 2020 - Disability Royal Commission funding 

  • 2021- Lobbied to retain Independent Disability Advocacy beyond June 30 2021

Our Social Justice Profile

Participation in community networks includes Ipswich Case Coordination Group (formerly Under 1 Roof Ipswich), Housing and Homelessness Network, West Moreton Mental Health Collaborative (WMMHC); Ipswich Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network (ISPAN); and the Local Level Alliance (LLA).

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