Terms of reference - Disability Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

Terms of reference

Queensland Disability Advisory Council
Terms of reference - 10 October 2016 to 30 June 2019

Key roles and responsibilities

The Queensland Disability Advisory Council operates 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 council represents the views and opinions that are important to Queenslanders.

In doing so, the council:

  1. provides frank, independent and useful advice to the Minister and department on major policy, program and practice initiatives and systemic issues impacting people with disability, their families and carers, with an emphasis on the experiences of people as they prepare for, transition to and are supported by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  2. supports communication and understanding among the community about Queensland’s roll out of the NDIS, including what it means for Queenslanders with disability and how it will happen, when and where
  3. promotes a socially inclusive Queensland, particularly in line with the priorities identified in the Queensland Disability Plan, and thereby implementing Queensland’s commitment to achieving the National Disability Strategy
  4. acts as a consultative forum as part of consultation processes during development of specific policy and program initiatives by government agencies where the government or Minister request stakeholder views
  5. will continue to have strong links with the regions through the regional disability advisory councils and provide the Minister and department with feedback from their networks through the Queensland council.

Membership

The Queensland Disability Advisory Council will have 11 members:

  • a Chair independently selected by the Minister
  • the chairs of the seven regional disability advisory councils
  • up to four other expert members selected by the Minister for their particular expertise.

A Deputy Chair will be selected by the Minister from the council’s membership.

The Executive Director, Disability Services Commissioning is an observer member of the Queensland council and attends council meetings in that role.

Frequency of meetings

The council will meet four times a year.

Term of office

Members will be appointed for a three-year term from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019.

Resignation

Members may resign their appointment by notice in writing to the Minister.

Removal from office

The Minister may remove a member from the council if they are unable or unwilling to operate within the council’s terms of reference.

Filling vacancies

During the term the Minister may fill any vacancy on the council by her nomination and endorsement by the Premier.

Attendance of non-members

At the invitation of the council Chair, guests from state and Commonwealth government departments, local government authorities and other key informants may attend council meetings to participate in council discussions on issues relevant to their jurisdiction. Guests will only attend for the relevant agenda item.

Governance activities (including reporting)

The Queensland Disability Advisory Council will:

  • identify and report on priority areas for each year of their term
  • establish arrangements to consult with and gather feedback, information and advice from members of their networks, communities and experts
  • provide clear and independent feedback, views and advice for the Minister’s and/or the department’s consideration on these issues.

The Chair of the council will:

  • lead the council to achieve the priorities and outcomes identified each year
  • communicate regularly with the Minister about the activities of the council
  • provide the Minister and/or department with information, views and advice on the priority areas, along with the minutes of its meetings and updates on progress with activities
  • represent the Minister and views of the Queensland disability sector on government and stakeholder groups, as requested.

Remuneration

The Chair is paid a daily fee to attend council meetings, along with an annual allowance that recognises the additional work they undertake in advising the Minister and department, and in representing the disability sector on other groups.

Members of the council are paid a daily fee to attend meetings. Members are not remunerated for any additional work required to carry out their role.

Any fees received by members will be governed by the Queensland government’s policy on Remuneration Procedures for Part-time Chairs and Members of Queensland Government Bodies.

Conflict of interest

Members should avoid any actual or potential conflict between their duties to the council and their personal interests or their duties to others and be aware of possible perceived conflicts of interest.

Support to the Queensland Disability Advisory Council

Officers from Disability Services Commissioning will provide secretariat and administrative support to the Queensland Disability Advisory Council and its members.

Regional disability advisory councils
Terms of reference - 10 October 2016 to 30 June 2019

Key roles and responsibilities

The seven regional disability advisory councils 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 councils represent the views and opinions that are important to Queenslanders.

In doing so, the councils:

  1. provide frank, independent and useful advice to the Minister and department through the Queensland Disability Advisory Council on major policy, program and practice initiatives and systemic issues impacting on services for people with disability, their families and carers, with an emphasis on the experiences of people as they prepare for, transition to and are supported by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  2. support communication and understanding among the community about Queensland’s roll out of the NDIS, including what it means for Queenslanders with disability and how it will happen, when and where
  3. promote a socially inclusive Queensland at a regional level, particularly in line with the priorities identified in the Queensland Disability Plan, and thereby implementing Queensland’s commitment to achieving the National Disability Strategy
  4. act as a consultative forum as part of consultation processes during development of specific policy and program initiatives by government agencies where the government or Minister request stakeholder views
  5. provide advice on locally important disability issues to the department through the relevant nominated regional contact to support improved operations and services.

Membership

The regional disability advisory councils will each have between 7 and 10 members, including:

  • a regional chair
  • up to nine members

A departmental representative in each region will act as an observer member of each regional council and attends council meetings in that role.

Frequency of meetings

The councils will meet up to four times a year.

Term of office

Members are appointed for a three-year term from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019.

Resignation

A member may resign their appointment by notice in writing to the Minister.

Removal from office

The Minister may remove a member from the council if they are unable or unwilling to operate within the council’s terms of reference.

Filling vacancies

During the term the Minister may fill any vacancy on the regional councils by her nomination and endorsement by the Premier.

Attendance of non-members

At the invitation of the regional council Chair, guests from state and Commonwealth government departments, local government authorities and other key informants may attend council meetings to participate in council discussions on issues relevant to their jurisdiction. Guests will only attend for the relevant agenda item.

Governance activities (and reporting)

The regional disability advisory councils will:

  • recognise the state wide priorities identified by the Queensland Disability Advisory Council and identify any other specific regional priorities for each year of their term
  • report to the Queensland Disability Advisory Council on state wide and regional priority areas
  • establish arrangements to consult with and gather feedback, information and advice from members of their networks, communities and experts
  • provide clear and independent feedback, views and advice to the Queensland Disability Advisory Council for the Minister’s and/or the department’s consideration on these issues.

The regional chair of each council will:

    • lead the regional council to achieve the state wide and regional priorities and outcomes identified each year
    • represent the regional council members and views as a member of the Queensland Disability Advisory Council
    • provide advice and input from their regional council to the Queensland Disability Advisory Council for its consideration and in shaping its advice to the Minister
    • provide the Queensland Disability Advisory Council secretariat with the minutes of its meetings and information about any other activities.

Remuneration

The Chair and members of the regional councils are paid a daily fee to attend meetings. Members are not remunerated for any additional work required to carry out their role.

Any fees received by members will be governed by the Queensland government’s policy on Remuneration Procedures for Part-time Chairs and Members of Queensland Government Bodies.

Conflict of interest

Members should avoid any actual or potential conflict between their duties to the council and their personal interests or their duties to others and be aware of possible perceived conflicts of interest.

Support to the regional disability advisory councils

Officers from Disability Services will provide secretariat and administrative support to each of the regional disability advisory councils and their members.

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