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

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.

   
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.

 
 

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.

   

Terms of Reference

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