New Independent Advisory Council's first meeting

Posted on 07 August 2017
New Independent Advisory Council's first meeting

The new NDIS Independent Advisory Council met last week for the first time since new members were appointed on 1 July.

Principal Member, Rhonda Galbally welcomed the new Council reaffirming the commitment of the IAC to providing independent advice to the NDIA Board and executive. “We want to develop and grow the NDIS to enable participants to be more independent, more included and more self-directing” she said. “We want to ensure that people with disability are at the heart and center of all decisions". Professor Galbally recognised the wealth of knowledge and experience members and expert advisors bring based on their lived experience of disability.

Discussions over two days included how the NDIS can improve systems to support self-managing participants, how to improve the effectiveness of capacity building and how to ensure that current and future housing and support gives participants choice and control and fosters community inclusion not segregation.  The Council also discussed mainstream inclusion and the importance of capacity building which enables people to have a ‘contributing life’ at all stages of their ordinary life.

To see the full list of new and reappointed Independent Advisory Council members and our five Expert Advisers, go to https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/governance/IAC.  A communiqué from the meeting with more detail will be available shortly.