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Be part of making Bayside more accessible and inclusive

We’re looking for local people with lived experience of disability to advise Council on how we can improve access and inclusion and make Bayside better for everyone.

After a one year pilot program, Council unanimously decided to have an ongoing Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee in May 2022.

Expressions of interest to join or continue to be a member of the Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee closed on 13 June 2022.

The Committee is formed of 10 community members with lived experience of disability and two elected Councillors.

Many members of the pilot committee will be continuing on, but there will be a small number of vacancies which brings a great opportunity to further diversify the Committee's membership.

Having a lived experience of disability means you’re someone with a disability, or you care for or support a person with a disability in some way. Your experience, knowledge and advice can help Council improve the municipality for people who may also experience issues with access and inclusion.

Access generally refers to the built, natural and digital environments. Inclusion extends to participation in economic, social and community life and is generally a function of community attitude. Improving access and inclusion means removing barriers that may prevent someone from participating in an activity.

The Advisory Committee considers and provides advice on strategic and infrastructure issues from the perspective of people with lived experience of disability. Generally, this involves responding to presentations about proposed projects or services.

The Advisory Committee helped to develop Council’s Disability Action Plan (2021- 2025), which is aligned with Council’s Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. The Advisory Committee will also monitor the implementation of the plan and provide advice in the annual review of the plan.

Committee members will be expected to gain the views of other people with a disability within their networks and share these views with the Committee to ensure a broad and diverse range of perspectives are heard.

The Advisory Committee will meet every second month, up to 6 times per year.

We’ll be looking for a broad representation of people with lived experience of disability to take part in the Committee. That means members with different abilities, ages, gender, cultures, and geographic locations across our municipality, as well as a range of areas of interest/expertise.

The minutes of the DAIAC will be presented to Ordinary Meetings of Council and will be made publicly available.

The Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee is a Committee of Council. This type of governance structure means the Committee will have a high level of influence and direct relationship with decision makers, including Councillors.

Two Councillors are DAIAC members, with one Councillor acting as Chair. This ensures that Council can hear directly from people with a disability and strengthens relationships with the community.

Advisory Committees are one of a number of ways of enabling public participation in decision making and enable members of the community to directly influence government decisions that affect their lives.

In line with the Local Government Act definition, Advisory Committees advise Council. They are not responsible for expenditure and cannot direct Council officers. Where Advisory Committee recommendations are beyond the delegated power of Council officers, recommended actions, along with the minutes of the meeting are submitted to Council for final decision.

The Terms of Reference provide a clear understanding of scope; objectives; code of conduct; levels of influence; and operational processes. You can read the Committee’s Terms of Reference here.

The Terms of Reference have been developed through benchmarking and guidance from other Councils that have long-established and successful committees of this type; advice from Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee members; advice from Local Government Disability Planners Network; and requirements of the Local Government Act. The Terms of Reference were adopted by Council in May 2022.

The Code of Conduct is a guide to appropriate behaviour of members to ensure a safe, respectful and inclusive meeting space. You can read the Code of Conduct here.

The DAIAC will be most effective in achieving change if all members are able to contribute equitably to sharing their perspectives and experiences. The key themes of the Code of Conduct are respect, honesty, confidentiality, communication and preparation. It will be a requirement for members to review, agree and sign a Code of Conduct contract.

Expressions of Interest to join the Committee are open from 19 May 2022 until 13 June 2022. Committee members will be selected by Council at its meeting on 19 July 2022.

Photograph of some members of the Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee

Photograph of some members of the Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    October 2020

    Council resolves to form a Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DAIAC)

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    18 December 2020 – 31 January 2021

    Committee membership applications open

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    March 2021

    Committee members selected by Council

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    17 May 2022

    Council considers review of Advisory Committee and Terms of Reference

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    18 May 2022 - 13 June 2022

    Committee membership applications open

  • Timeline item 6 - active

    June 2022

    Applications reviewed

  • Timeline item 7 - incomplete

    19 July 2022

    Committee members selected at Council meeting

  • Timeline item 8 - incomplete

    August 2022

    Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee meeting

  • Committee members' forum

    A private page for members of the Disability Access and Inclusion Committee.

    Access the members forum 

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