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
Employee representatives HSU National Leigh  Svendsen  Deputy Chair VIC
Employee representatives Australian Services Union NSW & ACT (Services) Branch  Jan  Primrose  Member NSW
Industry/ employers Disability Service Providers Benjamin  Keast  Chair  QLD
Industry/ employers Disability Service Providers (Training Alliance/Cerebral Palsy Alliance) Judy  Williamson  Member NSW
Industry/ employers TRACS-Info Australia Paul  Morgan  Member  
Peak bodies, associations and Government NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission Josee   Grisard  Member  
Peak bodies, associations and Government National Disability Services Chris  Kane   Member WA
Peak bodies, associations and Government Allied health Professionals Australia (AHPA) Catherine  Olsson  Member VIC
Peak bodies, associations and Government National Disability Insurance Agency (NIDA) Gerrie  Mitra  Member  
Peak/Advisory/Assoc. Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) Sally  Dumbrell   Member NSW
Individuals, employers, peak bodies, associations Assistive Technology Australia      Expertise Robyn  Chapman  Member NSW
Individuals, employers, peak bodies, associations Australian Federation of Disability Organisations Ross  Joyce  Member VIC