Disability Sector Consultative Committee
The NDIS Commission Disability Sector Committee (the Committee) brings together key stakeholders from the disability sector to represent the interests of and encompass the different perspectives of NDIS participants and their support networks where they exist.
The Committee’s key purpose is to provide high-level evidence-based advice to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner (the Commissioner) on national issues, which influence the delivery of quality and safe NDIS supports and services.
The primary function of the Committee is to provide ongoing advice and feedback at a national level on:
- matters that impact or have the potential to impact on system level interventions;
- issues raised by other key stakeholders such as but not limited to advocates, the NDIS Independent Advisory Council and the NDIA CEO Forum;
- emerging and complex issues relevant to quality and safeguards in the NDIS market which may impact on the NDIS Commission as a regulatory authority;
- aspects of continuous improvement and the NDIS Commission’s operation as a regulator of quality and safe supports and services.
How it works
The Committee commenced on 19 November 2019 for a three-year term. The Committee will meet three times per year or more frequently if required, and will report to the Chair.
The meeting dates for 2022 include:
- Tuesday, 22 March
- Tuesday, 2 August
- November, date to be confirmed
Communiqués for each meeting held include:
- November 2019 meeting
- March 2020 meeting
- June 2020 meeting
- November 2020
- March 2021
- July 2021
- November 2021
- March 2022
Members bring a range of skills and experience to the Committee as well as a broad understanding of human rights and disability related issues consistent with the intention and provision of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework.
The members of the Committee are as follows:
|Ms Tracy Mackey||Chair/Commissioner||NDIS Commission|
|Ms Mary Henley-Collopy||NDIS Consultant||Australian Federation of Disability Organisations|
|Ms Mary Sayers||Chief Executive Officer||Children and Young People with Disability Australia|
|Ms Mary Mallett||Chief Executive Officer||Disability Advocacy Network Australia|
|Ms Shannon Calvert||Consumer Co-Chair||National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum|
|Ms Catherine McAlpine||Chief Executive Officer||Inclusion Australia|
|Mr Dwayne Cranfield||Chief Executive Officer||National Ethnic Disability Alliance|
|Ms Jenny Karavolos||Co-Chair||Australian Autism Alliance|
|Mr Sebastian Zagarella||Chief Executive Officer||People with Disability Australia|
|Mr Brendan Cullinan||Executive Director||People with Disabilities (WA)|
|Ms Carolyn Frohmader||Executive Director||Women with Disabilities Australia|
|Dr Bronwyn Morkham||National Director||Young People in Nursing Homes National Alliance|
|Ms Jen Blyth||Chief Executive Officer||Deaf Australia|
|Ms Caterina Ponzio||Community Liaison||First Peoples Disability Network|
|Mr Wayne Hawkins||Representative||Consumers' Federation Australia|