Disability Council overview
About us, Our purpose, Council member profiles, and Becoming a member
As defined in the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 , the purpose of the Council is to provide the Minister for Disability Services with independent advice on matters that affect people with disability in NSW, as well as their families and carers.
The Council seeks for all people with disability to experience the full effects of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Council seeks for people to be happy and able to fully participate in the life of the community through:
- being empowered and in control of their lives
- having their physical, social, cultural and economic needs met
- living safely, free of fear and discrimination
- being included in all facets of society and having opportunities to participate as equals
- having hope and a capacity to see a better future
- being valued and respected.
The Council's Direction Statement explains the Council's purpose and outcomes for the 2015 - 2018 period.
Council has 5 priorities:
- Influence key NSW disability policy reforms.
- Promote equity in access to information for all people with disability.
- Monitor disability issues in NSW and identify key issues and concerns of people with disability, their families and carers.
- Promote inclusion of people with disability in NSW.
- Run an efficient, effective and accountable Council.
A socially just community in which Government policy and practice reflect the lives and experiences of people with disability as individuals, family members and participants with many roles in a broad range of diverse settings, remaining always mindful of the rights of people with disability,respecting their choices, celebrating their diversity and valuing their contributions.
Disability Council Direction Statement 2015-2018