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Thinking about making a complaint?

Anyone can make a complaint to us about the provision of a disability service by a Victorian disability service provider. Whether you are a person with a disability, a family member or friend of someone with a disability, a staff member, carer, or a member of the community – you have the right to make a complaint to the Disability Services Commissioner (DSC).

We encourage people to talk to their disability service provider first to see if you can resolve your concerns. If you are not confident to speak to your service provider or you are not satisfied with the result, you can talk to us. Our complaints service is entirely independent, free and confidential.

If you are not sure whether you want to make a complaint, you can still call us to talk about what’s on your mind. You don’t need to provide evidence about what’s worrying you. We can help you over the phone with advice and information, and you can decide what you want to do from there.

Complaints we can take

We can take complaints about the provision of disability services by a disability service provider in Victoria, Australia. This includes disability services that are funded by Department of Health and Human Services, Transport Accident Commission and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Not sure what this means? Here are some examples of complaints we have managed in the past to give you an idea of the scope of our work:

  • Andrew complained that his in-home support workers were always late and he had to constantly remind them about tasks and routines in his personal care.
  • Li-Ping complained that her daughter’s residential fees had been increased and they couldn’t understand why
  • Alice complained that she felt unsafe in her home as another resident was throwing things and yelling at her
  • Abdul complained because his service provider only gave him one week notice that they would no longer provide a service to him
  • Anastasia complained because her new day service wasn’t allowing her to participate in as many activities as she had hoped
  • Lara complained because the staff at her sister Page’s home wasn’t keeping her up-to-date on changes in the home
  • Elena complained because her son Juan was told to move to a new home with only two weeks notice
  • David complained because his son Richard wasn’t being properly supported at mealtimes or with his personal care when at respite care.

Make a complaint about a Victorian disability service

Complaints we can’t take

If your complaint isn’t about services provided to you by a Victorian disability service provider, you may need to talk to someone else about your concerns. This might include issues such as:

  • allocation of funding
  • disability support pensions
  • home and community care (HACC) services
  • employment
  • education
  • housing

If you are not sure if your complaint is about a Victorian disability service, you can still contact us. Even if we can’t handle your complaint, we may be able to help you find the right place to go. To find out more about the other complaints bodies who may be able to handle complaints, visit our Useful Links page.

Benefits of making a complaint

If you are not happy with a disability service, making a complaint either to the service provider directly or to us is the best way to create change. Service providers want to know when their clients aren’t happy. This helps them make changes to service delivery that will make things better for all their clients.

Do you have more questions? You might be interested in our frequently asked questions.

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Melbourne, Victoria, 3000 Australia

Call for enquiries or complaints - 1800 677 342

Email for enquiries or complaints - complaints@odsc.vic.gov.au