Disability Support Industry Reference Committee

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IRC membership details are updated each quarter.

The Disability Support IRC has been established to respond to the increasing demand for disability support workers, driven in particular by the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The IRC’s work includes addressing the current and future competencies and skill requirements for new workers entering the sector and existing staff needing to upskill in the vocational education and training (VET) and sector.

The Disability Support IRC is responsible for:

  • reviewing and updating national training package qualifications, skill sets and units of competency needed by the disability support sector
  • working with other IRCs which have an interest in qualifications relevant to the disability support sector to ensure industry needs are considered and met.

The Disability Support IRC is supported by SkillsIQ (a Skills Service Organsiation). For more information about the IRC and how you can get involved, please contact SkillsIQ.

While it was not possible to include every nominee on the IRC, it is important to remember that the IRC will consult widely with all interested stakeholders and existing IRCs as appropriate to progress the work of the committee.

In addition, the Disability Support IRC may establish technical advisory committees on an as-needs basis to support the work of the IRC. SkillsIQ will conduct a separate nominations process for these committees once established.

Further information about the role of IRCs and how they will operate can be found in the IRC Operating Framework.

You are also welcome to submit any questions to the AISC Secretariat at industrypolicy1@education.gov.au.

Disability Support IRC structure:

Category Organisation Representative Member Type  Jurisdiction
Employer Disability Service Providers Benjamin Keast Chair  QLD
Union  Health Services Union (HSU)  Mark Farthing Member VIC
Peak/Advisory/Association NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission Samantha Jenkinson Member WA
Peak/Advisory/Association National Disability Services Chris Kane  Member WA
Peak/Advisory/Association Allied Health Professionals Australia (AHPA) Catherine Olsson Member VIC
Employer Training Alliance/Cerebral Palsy Alliance Judy Williamson Member NSW
Employer TRACS-Info Australia Paul Morgan Member VIC
Peak/Advisory/Association Assistive Technology Australia Robyn Chapman Member NSW
Peak/Advisory/Association Australian Federation of Disability Organisations Ross Joyce Member VIC
Employer Representative Australian Services Union  Jan Primrose Member NSW
Peak/Advisory/Association National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Gerrie Mitra Member SA
Peak/Advisory/Association Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) Sally Dumbrell  Member NSW