New National Disability and Carers Advisory Council

Posted on: Monday, 14 November 2016 at 1:41:10 PM

A new advisory council has been established to work with the federal government on policies affecting people with disability and drive the implementation of the National Disability Strategy.

The new 17-member National Disability and Carers Advisory Council, announced on Monday, brings together leaders from business and the disability and carer sectors, to provide advice and recommendations on proposed policies and legislation affecting the disability and carer sector.

Women with Disabilities Victoria executive director Keran Howe has been appointed co-chair, alongside Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services Jane Prentice.

Prentice said the council would provide advice on issues of strategic importance at a time of major reform in the disability and carer sectors.

“The council will play an important role in helping to drive the implementation of the overarching National Disability Strategy 2010 to 2020,”  Prentice said.

“It will also look at reforms in disability employment and carer support, and the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, including the interfaces with mainstream services.

“Members represent every state and territory as well as business and the disability and carer sector, and advocates.

“I will co-chair the council with Ms Keran Howe, who is well respected as a strong advocate in the sector and who has lived experience.”

The council will meet formally at least twice a year and establish working groups and community consultations as needed.

It comes three years after the government abolished Labor’s National People with Disabilities and Carer Council.

Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers Carol Brown said Labor welcomed the new council.

“The Turnbull government has been without an advisory body on carers for three years. It was simply unacceptable,” Brown said.

“People with disability and their carers have had to wait too long for the Turnbull government to re-establish an advisory council.

“Labor welcomes today’s announcement and hopes the new council is able to get the government to progress work under the National Disability Strategy which provides a 10-year blueprint to improve the inclusion and participation of people with disability in Australia.”

Members of the National Disability and Carers Advisory Council are:

1.      Hon. Jane Prentice MP (Co-Chair)

2.      Keran Howe (Co-Chair)

3.      Donna Bain

4.      Nell Brown

5.      Paul Coates

6.      Jennifer Cullen

7.      Wilhelm Harnisch

8.      Christine Kerr

9.      Greg Madson

10.     Jessica May

11.     Teresa Pilbeam

12.     Frank Quinlan

13.     Aunty Gayle Rankine

14.     Sally Sinclair

15.     Martin Stokie

16.     Steve Vitone

17.     Elizabeth Wall

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