Advisory Council

The Advisory Council plays a key role in providing advice to governments on the implementation of the Strategy. The Advisory Council:

  • Advises on the Targeted Action Plans, Outcomes Framework, Associated Plans, and Strategy reporting.
  • Provides advice directly to disability ministers, with the Chair attending one disability ministers meeting each year.
  • Connects with state and territory disability advisory groups and the NDIS Independent Advisory Council.

Membership

The Advisory Council comprises one Chair, six members and two special advisers. Members are drawn from a range of states and territories. Sub-working groups of the Advisory Council are set up as required.

At least half the members are people with disability and include women; First Nations people; culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people; young people; and people with lived experience of rural and remote communities.

The membership provides a good mix of experienced people and people new to an advisory role that can provide a ‘fresh voice’.

Role

Name

Position

Organisation

Chair

Dr Ben Gauntlett

Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Australian Human Rights Commission

Member

Carolyn Frohmader

Chief Executive Officer

Women With Disabilities Australia

Member

Jane Spring

Chair

 

Co-opted Councillor

University of Sydney Sports Foundation

 

Institute of Public Administration Australia

Member

Liz Reid AM

Executive Officer

YouthWorX NT

Member

Seriako Stephen

Board member

First Peoples Disability Network Australia

Member

Natalie Wade

Principal Lawyer

Equality Lawyers

Member

Cindy Liu

Founder and Co-Chair

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network/s Youth Disability CaLD Collective

Special advisor

Kathy Hough

Chief Executive Officer

Far North Community Services

See the Advisory Council biographies