Aunty Gayle Rankine, Chairperson of First Peoples Disability Network has been appointed to the Government’s new National Disability and Carers Advisory Council.
The Hon. Jane Prentice MP announced the new Advisory Council yesterday to coincide with the National Disability Awards.
Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice said the Council will provide advice to Government on issues of strategic importance at a time of major reform in the disability and carer sectors.
Aunty Gayle Rankine said: “It is an honour to be appointed to the National Disability Advisory Council and I look forward to making a contribution. It is critical that people with disability are front and centre as we go through the national changes to the disability sector,”
“I also welcome the opportunity to highlight the experiences of Australia’s First Peoples with disability and their families and communities. It is so important that our people are not left behind and have equal opportunity to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme and other supports.”
You can read more about FPDN’s Ten-point-plan for the implementation of the NDIS here.
The Minister’s media release is pasted below and is available online here.
National Disability and Carers Advisory Council announced
The Coalition Government today announced the establishment of the National Disability and Carers Advisory Council.
The new Council brings together leaders from business and the disability and carer sectors, to provide advice on proposed policies and legislation affecting people with disability, carers and the sector that serves them.
Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice said the Council will 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 2010-20,” she said.
“It will also look at reforms in disability employment and carer support, and the full roll-out 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,” she said.
The Council will meet formally at least twice a year and establish working groups and community consultations as needed.
Members of the National Disability and Carers Advisory Council are:
- Hon. Jane Prentice MP (Co-Chair)
- Ms Keran Howe (Co-Chair)
- Ms Donna Bain
- Ms Nell Brown
- Mr Paul Coates
- Ms Jennifer Cullen
- Mr Wilhelm Harnisch
- Ms Christine Kerr
- Mr Greg Madson
- Ms Jessica May
- Ms Teresa Pilbeam
- Mr Frank Quinlan
- Aunty Gayle Rankine
- Ms Sally Sinclair
- Mr Martin Stokie
- Mr Steve Vitone
- Ms Elizabeth Wall