Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability - Independent adviser to the WA Minister for Disability Services - Keeping government informed

Role of Council

Who the Council advises:

The Council is mandated to provide the best and most balanced advice possible to enhance the well-being of people with disabilities, their families and carers in WA.

Matters referred to the Council are discussed by the Council and actioned as appropriate.

  • State Government Minister for Disability Services - In accordance with the Disability Services Act (1993).

  • Australian Government Minister with Disability Services responsibility. - In accordance with the Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA) Part 6 (7). Under this agreement the Council assumes the role of a Disability Advisory Council (DAC) and operates in the following way:

    • Chairs of the State and Territory Disability Advisory Councils - Meetings are held regularly and advice is conveyed to the National Advisory Council on Disability and Carer Issues.

    • The National Advisory Council on Disability and Carer Issues - established by the Australian Government Department of Social Services to provide advice to the Australian Government Minister.

The Council does not advise other Ministers and their Departments. Where it is considered desirable to do this, contact is sought through the State and Australian Government Ministers who have responsibility for disability services.

The Council may however, request any Western Australian public authority to provide information for the purpose of performing functions and any such request must be complied with in accordance with 23(3) of the Disability Services Act 1993.