Brain Injury Australia (BIA) is the central clearinghouse of information and gateway to nationwide referral for optimising the social and economic participation of all Australians living with brain injury.

BIA was formed at the first national community-based conference on acquired brain injury (ABI) in 1986. The Federal Government began funding BIA in 1991.

Brain Injury Australia’s Roles

  • Advocacy for government program allocations and policies that reflect the needs and priorities of people with an ABI and their families;
  • Provision of effective and timely input into policy, legislation and program development through active contact with Federal Government ministers, parliamentary representatives, Federal Government departments and agencies, and national disability organisations;
  • Initiation and coordination of national projects;
  • Increasing national public awareness of ABI through the implementation of public information programs;
  • Monitoring Federal Government consumer consultation processes to ensure that these are of a quality that is meaningful and inclusive of people with ABI and their families;
  • Developing a range of strategic alliances that support and enhance the achievement of BIA’s strategic objectives.

Brain Injury Australia’s Operating Principles

  • A professional and responsible approach in representing people with an ABI;
  • Decision-making processes that include consultation with people with an ABI and their families and its member organisations;
  • A balanced recognition of the needs of all people with a disability and other disadvantaged groups;
  • An effective, democratic and participative approach to governance.

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