Council - the voice of participants

The Independent Advisory Council (Council) was formed in 2013 to represent the participants’ voice in the NDIS. 

Its membership advise the Board of the NDIA on the most important issues affecting participants, carers and families. 

Who is Council?

Council comprises the Principal Member and 12 other members, who represent a wide range of disability and advocacy sectors, bringing lived experience or expertise of disability to the table. They are the voice of the participants at the highest level. 

Current members, appointed from 1 July 2020, are:

  • Robyn Kruk AO, Principal Member
  • Leah van Poppel, Deputy Chair
  • James Manders
  • Jennifer Cullen
  • Judy Huett
  • Kerry Allan-Zinner
  • Dr Leighton Jay
  • Liz Reid AM
  • Mark Tonga
  • Sam Paior
  • Sharon Boyce
  • Sylvana Mahmic
  • Tricia Malowney OAM. 

Council is supported by the Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Ben Gauntlett in the role of Council’s Expert Adviser. 

Find out more about Council members and expert advisors .

What does Council do?

Council was established to provide advice to the Board about the way the Agency: 

  • performs its functions in relation to the Scheme
  • supports the independence and social and economic participation of people with disability
  • provides reasonable and necessary supports, including early intervention supports, for participants in the Scheme launch
  • enables people with disability to exercise choice and control in the pursuit of their goals and the planning and delivery of their supports
  • facilitates the development of a nationally consistent approach to the access to, and the planning and funding of, supports for people with disability
  • promotes the provision of high quality and innovative supports to people with disability
  • raises community awareness of the issues that affect the social and economic participation of people with disability, and helps with greater community inclusion of people with disability. 

Council established four Reference Groups to support its work and advice:

  • Intellectual Disability Reference Group
  • Children, Young People and Families Reference Group 
  • Home and Living Reference Group 
  • Equity and Inclusion Reference Group.

Learn more about the Reference Groups .

Council’s 2021-22 Work Plan 

The Independent Advisory Council has a Work Plan. The Work Plan guides us on the work we will do over the year, from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. 

The Work Plan includes: 

  • themes for advice, which aim to give solutions to the important issues affecting, the NDIS and disability communities across Australia
  • important work projects, which aim to promote the work of Council and make sure our advice is implemented. 

The 2021-22 Work Plan includes work projects across five key areas, including:

  1. Formal advice
  2. Informal advice
  3. Council Reference Groups
  4. Council communications
  5. Monitoring the implementation of formal advice. 

Read the Work Plan Information Sheet (DOCX 75KB) to get more information on Council’s 2021-22 Work Plan. 

You can also go to Council’s website to learn more about the Work Plan.

Annual Report 2020-21

Council has an Annual Report that highlights its achievements, and the important advisory work it delivered from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. 

The 2020-21 Annual Report includes information about the: 

  • Council Principal Member’s and Deputy Chair’s ‘year in review’.
  • formal advice Council gave the NDIA Board during 2020-21. 
  • informal advice and submissions Council gave the NDIA and other government agencies during 2020-21. 
  • progress Council and its Reference Groups have made to guide the NDIA on the most important issues affecting participants and their families. 

Learn more about the Annual Report  

How can I get in contact with Council?

For all enquiries, please contact Council secretariat [email protected].

For more information about Council and its work, head to the Council's website.

Upcoming meeting dates

  • 27 July 2021
  • 23 August 2021 
  • 22 September 2021
  • 18 October 2021
  • 22 November 2021
  • 16 December 2021.  
This page current as of
22 September 2021