Governance model

Strong management of the Strategy will ensure real change for people with disability. The Governance Model has three main parts:

  • Sources of input and advice that will feed into decisions on running the Strategy.
  • The decision-making process that will provide direction and accountability.
  • The coordination of the governance process.

Sources of input and advice

We will receive input and advice from:

  • people with disability
  • jurisdictional experts, for example, state and territory governments, disability advisory bodies, ministerial advisory councils, human rights/anti-discrimination bodies, and input from local governments
  • the Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Australian Government agencies
  • various stakeholders will be consulted when needed to comment on particular matters.


Major decisions on the Strategy are approved by disability ministers from Australian, state and territory governments.

Oversight of the Strategy is managed by Deputy Department Heads from Australian, state and territory government departments.

More general decisions on the Strategy will be made by the Australian Government in consultation with state and territory governments.

The Strategy’s Advisory Council will provide advice to guide decisions on the Strategy. The Advisory Council engages with people with disability and the disability sector to ensure their views are considered in the decision-making process. More than half of the Advisory Council’s members are people with disability.

Find out more about the Advisory Council


Our Central Policy and Implementation Unit drives implementation of the Strategy and manages the governance process. The unit is part of the Australian Government.