Disability Support Industry Reference Committee

The AISC is pleased to call for nominations from industry stakeholders for membership of the Disability Support Industry Reference Committee (IRC). Positions open for nomination are:

  • 2 disability service providers
  • 1 rural/remote disability service provider
  • 1 assistive technologies expertise
  • 1 consumer advocacy group/body

Nominations will close COB Tuesday, 23 April 2019. Instructions on how to nominate are detailed below.

The demand for disability care workers is growing rapidly. It is estimated the workforce will need to more than double to 90,000 full-time equivalent workers over the next five years, particularly to support the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In addition to the significant volume of workers required it is critical workers have the specialist skills and knowledge required to deliver high quality and individualised care in an evolving market. This includes ensuring that the national training system, together with higher education providers, can address the current and future competencies and skill requirements for new workers entering the sector, and existing staff needing to upskill.

The Disability Support IRC will be responsible for reviewing and updating national training package qualifications, skill sets and units of competency needed by the disability support sector.

The AISC seeks to ensure that the membership of the Disability Support IRC provides the best possible industry coverage and expertise to support the work of the committee. The AISC is looking for active practitioners and representatives from within the industry, with extensive experience in, and knowledge of, the skilling and workforce needs of the disability support sector, with the capacity to proactively apply these attributes to the work of the IRC.

When considering nominations, the AISC is interested in:

  • knowledge and expertise of the skills required for professional development and qualifications frameworks
  • the level of influence the nominee has across the sector and how they are perceived in relation to industry-wide issues
  • the capacity of the nominee to consider current and future directions/influences for their industry and to relate those factors to workforce development and skills needs
  • the capability of the nominee to provide input directly, to seek input from others and to represent a variety of circumstances across the industry.

In determining the final membership, the AISC will consider both the characteristics of nominees (as set out in their nomination) and the composition of the committee as a whole to ensure it is balanced and appropriate to the disability support industry.

Membership on the IRC will be for an initial period of three years, with the possibility of re-appointment for a further one year.

Please note that while it may not be 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. The IRC will be supported by SkillsIQ as its Skills Service Organisation (SSO).

Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) will also support the IRC on an as-needs basis and the expertise of registered training organisations (RTOs) may be sought during training package development work as required. 

IRC Structure – Feedback

Consultation on the draft structure for the Disability Support IRC closed on 11 January 2019 and provided an opportunity for industry to comment on whether the structure would adequately represent the Disability Support industry. The AISC welcomed the comments received.

The final structure and membership is outlined below.

Call for nominations

Nominations can be made via the nomination form at the bottom of this page. To assist the AISC in determining the membership for the IRC, please:

  • complete the nomination and privacy consent forms, and provide information against the criteria
  • submit a current resume
  • provide the names of two referees.

Once you have completed and saved the attachment, please email it (with supporting documentation) to Education-SectoralPolicy@education.gov.au by COB, Tuesday 23 April 2019.

Organisations that have been allocated a position on the IRC do not need to submit a nomination. The AISC will contact these organisations directly to nominate their representatives.

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

Please note: If you are successful in gaining a position on the IRC, your name, organisation, position/expertise and coverage (state/territory or national) will be published on the AISC website.

Disability Support IRC structure

Representative type

Number of positions



Peak bodies and associations 1 National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which aims to support a better life for Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers.

Representative nominated by organisation.

  1 NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission New, independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services by regulating the NDIS market, providing national consistency, promoting safety and quality services, resolving problems and identifying areas for improvement. The Commission will start operating progressively around the country from 1 July 2018 to 1 July 2020.

Representative nominated by organisation.

  1 Mental Health Australia National non-government peak representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector. Members include national organisations representing consumers, carers, special needs groups, clinical service providers, public and private mental health service providers, researchers and state/territory community mental health peak bodies.

Representative nominated by organisation.

  1 National Disability Services Peak body for non-government disability service organisations. Represents more than 1100 non‑government service providers who operate several thousand services for Australians with all types of disability.

Representative nominated by organisation.

  1 Allied Health Professionals Australia (AHPA) Peak national organisation and recognised national voice for allied health professions in Australia. Represents and advocates for the role of allied health professionals in health, aged care, disability, education and all systems where allied health services have a role. Collectively represents some 100,000 allied health professionals who work across the primary, acute and tertiary sectors in Australia.

Representative nominated by organisation.

Industry / employers 2 Disability service providers Open for nomination
  1 Rural/remote disability service provider Open for nomination
Individuals, employers, individuals, peak bodies, associations 1 Assistive technologies expertise Open for nomination
1 Consumer advocacy group/body Open for nomination
Employee representatives 1 Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) Specialist union representing members employed in a range of occupational classifications across the health and community services industries, including nurses, health professionals, disability and human service workers, program and support workers, trades and administration.

Representative nominated by organisation.

  1 Health Services Union (HSU) Represents members working across the health and community services sectors in all states and territories, including aged care, disability services, community health, mental health, private practices and hospitals.

Representative nominated by organisation.