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.
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 email@example.com.
Disability Support IRC structure
|Category||Organisation or area of expertise||Member||State/Territory|
Peak bodies, associations and Government
|National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)||Ms Liz Neville||VIC|
|NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission||
Mr Abel MacDonald
Ms Tina Smith
(Community Mental Health Australia)
|National Disability Services||Mr Will Kestin||TAS|
|Allied Health Professionals Australia (AHPA)||
Ms Catherine Olsson
(Speech Pathology Australia)
|Industry/ employers||Disability service providers||
Ms Judy Williamson
(Cerebral Palsy Alliance)
Mr Benjamin Keast
(ARC Disability Services)
|Rural/remote disability service provider||
Mr Paul Morgan
(Goldfields Individual & Family Support Association (GIFSA))
|Individuals, employers, peak bodies, associations||Assistive technologies expertise||
Ms Robyn Chapman
(Assistive Technology Australia)
|Consumer advocacy group/body||
Mr Ross Joyce
(Australian Federation of Disability Organisations)
|Australian Services Union (ASU)||Ms Jan Primrose||NSW|
|Health Services Union (HSU)||Ms Leigh Svendsen||VIC|