Communities and Justice

About the Disability Council

The Disability Council NSW (also known as 'the Council') was established under the Community Welfare Act 1987, and was transferred under the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (The Act) on 3 December 2014. The Disability Inclusion Act 2014 provides a rights-based legislation framework for the Council.

Our responsibilities

The Council's main responsibilities under the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 are to:

  • Monitor the implementation of Government policy;
  • Advise the Minister on emerging issues relating to people with disability, and about the content and implementation of the State Disability Inclusion Plan and disability inclusion action plans;
  • Advise public authorities about the content and implementation of disability inclusion action plans;
  • Promote the inclusion of people with disability in the community and promote community awareness of matters concerning the interests of people with disability and their families;
  • Consult with similar councils and bodies, and people with disability; and
  • Conduct research about matters relating to people with disability.

Council membership

The Council has up to 12 members, including a Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson. Each member is appointed for up to four years by the Governor of NSW on the recommendation of the State Government's Minister for Disability Services.

Members are selected to be on Council because:

  • they live with a disability
  • they are an expert on disability
  • they want to improve the lives of people with disability.

The Council’s members have a variety of disabilities and backgrounds. Members include people from Aboriginal or cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD), young people and also people from rural and regional NSW. In addition, the Council includes members who are carers or family members of people with disability.

The Council is funded and resourced by the NSW Government through the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) and is supported by a secretariat team within DCJ.

The Council members meet several times a year.

An overview of the official advisory body to the NSW Government on matters that affect people with disability in NSW, the Disability Council NSW.
View our YouTube video about the Disability Council NSW in Auslan with subtitles.



Phone: (02) 9716 2612

Post: Disability Council NSW, Locked Bag 5000, Parramatta NSW 2124

Last updated:

18 Apr 2023