About the councils - Disability Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

About the councils

The Queensland and regional disability advisory councils are a key channel for independent advice to the Minister and the department on regional, state and national disability and related matters.

The councils are representative of the community and include people with disability, family members, carers, and advocacy representatives, as well as members from community organisations, businesses, local government and disability service providers.

Council term

The new council term is from October 2016 to 30 June 2019, aligning with the complete roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland.

Membership

A maximum of 74 members were appointed to the eight councils.

The Queensland council has 11 members, including the chairs of the seven regional councils and four expert members. Expert member roles align closely with Queensland’s priorities as it implements the NDIS:

  1. NDIS early launch experience (Townsville)
  2. person with disability
  3. parent/carer with lived experience of disability
  4. Indigenous person with disability expertise.

Each of the seven regional councils has a chair and 9 members.

Role

The councils will continue to operate as a key channel for independent advice to the Minister for Disability Services and for the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services on regional, state and national disability and related matters.

The terms of reference note that the councils:

  1. provide frank, independent and useful advice to the Minister and department, with an emphasis on the experiences of people as they prepare for, transition to and are supported by the NDIS
  2. support communication and understanding among the community about Queensland’s roll out of the NDIS
  3. promote a socially inclusive Queensland at a regional level
  4. act as a consultative forum as part of consultation processes during development of specific policy and program initiatives
  5. provide advice on locally important disability issues to the department through the regional director or nominated departmental representative.
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