Disability Advisory Committee

Committee Overview

The Disability Advisory Committee provides Council with strategic advice on disability access and inclusion issues. The DAC is Chaired by the Maribyrnong City Council Mayor and membership is made up of at least 60% people with disability. Other members include disability related service providers and carers of people with disability.

DAC’s role includes

  • Meeting eight times per year
  • Working with Council staff to develop and implement Council’s Disability Access and Inclusion Action plan
  • Advising Council staff on the development of Council’s strategic policies and plans
  • Raising issues for Council to consider in its advocacy role on behalf of this community
  • Promoting positive images of disability through opportunities created by Council
  • Working with Council staff to develop and deliver activities for International Day for People Disability.

Current membership vacancies 

The committee currently has 6 vacant membership positions. 

Complete the online membership application or download the complete the membership application. (DOCX, 17KB)

To ensure Committee members feel valued and empowered to contribute their knowledge and expertise Council offers the following:

  • Members can request a cab charge voucher to cover the costs of travelling to a DAC meeting. 
  • Members with disability who are attending DAC meetings and are not being paid to be there as part of a paid role can apply for honorarium of $50 per meeting (only available until December 2019). 
  • Members can request assistance from Council to prepare for meetings (i.e. verbal briefing over the phone, alternative written formats). 
  • Members are encouraged to invite other people with disability to attend DAC meetings as Observers (Observers will be asked to complete the Observer Application Form(DOC, 52KB)).

If you require information in an alternative format, please contact the Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion on 9688 0109

Committee members

Margherita Coppolino

Margherita Coppolino 

Local resident Margherita is a photographer and industry accredited Trainer and Mediator with skills in project management, mediation and facilitation.

Margherita has extensive personal and professional experience in dealing with inclusion issues, and has served on the Boards of Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre, Action on Disability Within Ethnic Communities, Women With Disabilities Australia and Short Statured People of Australia.

Pamela Debrincat

Pamela Debrincat

Pamela is a visual artist with Artlife at Footscray Community Arts Centre and is studying a Certificate 1 in Transition Education at Victoria Polytechnic.

Pamela enjoys volunteering and working with children, and likes to challenge herself with new experiences.  Pamela is the first person with intellectual disability to join the Disability Advisory Committee and is currently in her second term.

 
Marilyn King

Marlin King

Marilyn has 30 years experience as a Chemical Sensitivity Counsellor and is co-founder and President of W.O.W! which provides financial, emotional and practical support for unemployed people over 50.

Marilyn lives and works locally and was awarded Maribyrnong City Council’s 2013 Citizen of the Year, and is committed to improving the access of people with disability into all aspects of community life.

 

Paul Kinna

Paul Kinna

Paul has over 20 years of working within the disability sector in employment, training and psycho social rehabilitation

Currently a teacher with Western Futures at Victoria Polytechnic, he supports young people with intellectual disability to develop independent living and working skills.

Paul believes access to meaningful employment and worthwhile activity should be available to everyone, and is committed to improving the access and connection of young people with disability to their community.

 
Nadia Mattiazzo

Nadia Mattiazzo 

Nadia is a person with vision impairment who has lived locally for 10 years.

Working as the MetroAccess Officer with the City of Yarra she plays a lead role supporting residents in the roll out of the NDIS.

Nadia has lived experience of disability as well as extensive employment experience in improving access and inclusion for people with disability, and brings a unique perspective to the DAC during this crucial period of change in the disability sector.

Alex Miller

Alex Miller 

Alex is a Physiotherapist who has lived and worked locally for 10 years.

Her main clinical work is with children with disability at Rosamond Special School, and her employment with Western Health focusses on improving service delivery for people with disability.

Alex has specialist skills in navigating the health disability interface which was recognised when she was selected as one of three finalists in the National Disability Awards in 2015.

 
Steven Pham

Steven Pham

Steven is a carer for his 23 year old brother. He believes we need concerted effort to change perceptions and breakdown the invisible and attitudinal barriers that prevent full community participation and inclusion for people with disability.

His brother inspires him to use his knowledge, experience and position to empower others and to make a positive difference for people with disability in the west.

Utilising skills and expertise from his corporate career, Steven adopts and applies these attributes to the disability sector and to improving access and inclusion in our community.

 

 
   

Terms of Reference

You can download a copy of the Committee's Terms of Reference below.