Communities and Justice


Recruitment for roles on the Disability Council NSW is currently closed. The invitation that was open for applications is below for reference.

The role of the Disability Council NSW

The Disability Council NSW is the official advisory body to the NSW Government on matters relating to people with disability and disability inclusion.

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

  • Monitor the implementation of Government policy
  • Advise the Minister for Disability Services 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
  • Conduct research about matters relating to people with disability.

More about the Disability Council

Members are: members of, or persons employed by, organisations concerned especially with the interests of people with disability, or other persons with appropriate skills and experience in matters relevant to the interests of people with disability. A majority of members, as well as the Chair, must be people with disability. Members are expected to have skills, knowledge, experience and qualities in some or all of the following areas:

  • strong leadership skills
  • strategy and policy development
  • a track record in innovation within their field
  • contemporary knowledge of disability and the Australian disability system, including the NDIS and the UNCRPD
  • an understanding of how people interact with government and other sectors in all aspects of their lives – civic, economic and community.

The Department of Communities and Justice provides secretariat support to the Council.

Meetings are four to six times per year, as decided by the Chair, and are held in Sydney (sometimes virtually). Members receive sitting fees for attending meetings; however, in line with NSW Government Boards and Committees Guidelines, public sector employees appointed to Council do not receive remuneration.

Members are expected to do some work outside of meeting hours eg reading meeting papers, representing the Council at events or other committees.

How to apply

In order to ensure a diverse range of lived experience on the Council, applications from individuals with the following experience and backgrounds are particularly encouraged:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • member of culturally and linguistically diverse community
  • member of LGBTIQ+ community
  • lived experience of intellectual disability
  • lived experience of psychosocial disability.

To apply, please send the following to by 12 noon Friday 25 November 2022:

  1. An up-to-date resume, including your contact details and the details of two referees
  2. Relevant diversity information (that you are comfortable sharing):
  • If you have disability, and if so, type/s of disability
  • If you are a member of the following communities:
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    • CALD
    • LGBTIQ+
  • Your gender
  • If you live in a rural/regional/remote area
  • If you are under 25 years old or over 65 years old.

Applicants may be asked to undergo a police check.

Last updated:

16 Dec 2022