Inclusion Advisory Panel
What we do
We want a city that is accessible and inclusive to everyone – our events, programs and city improvements should be planned to meet the needs of every member of our community.
To make sure this happens the City of Sydney has established its Inclusion (Disability) Advisory Panel. The panel members selected reflect the diversity of the disability sector and were chosen for their expertise in:
- urban planning
- economic participation
Terms of reference
The panel will provide expert advice to the City about:
- strategic planning
- policy development
- submission writing
- community consultation
- information provision.
The panel's role is further detailed in the terms of reference, which can be downloaded below in alternative formats, including audio files.
Summary notes are available of panel meetings.
Inclusion Access Project Coordinator02 9265 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the panel
Dr Jane Bringolf
Jane has worked in community services for more than 25 years, specialising in ageing and disability services in both rural and urban settings. Jane was CEO of the Independent Living Centre NSW from 1998 to 2007. During that time she was awarded a Churchill fellowship to study her area of interest – assistive technology, accessible environments and universally-designed housing. Jane has since completed doctorate studies in universal housing design and she has a Bachelor of Social Science and a Masters of Business Administration. She is currently the liveable communities project manager at COTA NSW.
Young-Joo works for the NSW government and is an active and tireless advocate of deaf culture and Korean culture. Young-Joo has a hearing impairment. She was born in Korea and moved to Australia when she was a teenager. In 2007 she received the first Australian-Korean Women's Day Award recognising her work with deaf and hearing impaired communities. Young-Joo was an ambassador of the Don't Dis My Ability campaign in 2007 and she is a traditional Korean dancer who combines her performances with 'Sign N Sing' to promote awareness of Auslan and people with hearing impairment. She recently performed at the Living in Harmony Festival Gala Concert.
Suzanne Colbert AM
Suzanne is the CEO of the Australian Network on Disability, which assists organisations in welcoming people with disability as employees, customers and stakeholders. She has worked in the area of employment for people with disability since 1990. Suzanne was the founder and inaugural chair of the National Association for Competitive Employment (now known as Disability Employment Australia) and founding general manager of Job Centre Australia. She is currently a member of the National People with Disability and Carer Council, which provides advice and information to the federal government on issues affecting people with disability. Suzanne is also a member of the DEEWR Employment Services 2015 Reference Group, the Disability Employment Services Performance Review Framework Reference Group and the International Labour Organisation's Business and Disability Network. Suzanne was awarded an Order of Australia in 2010 for her contribution to the employment of people with a disability.
Paul has worked with all levels of government to develop and implement disability reforms. He was on the ministerial roundtable that provided advice about the NSW Stronger Together funding reform, and was an advocate of the formation and redesign of the National Disability Awards. Paul's present role is manager of the event access and inclusion project facilitated by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. He is a former Paralympic athlete and ambassador for the Don't Dis My Ability campaign. Paul has experience in community consultation, submission writing and developing legislation. He has server on the board of Macarthur Disability Services and is currently finalising a postgraduate degree in public sector management.
Naomi is an experienced advocate in the field of disability inclusion. In 2009 she was accessibility producer on Australia's first universally accessible theatre production, which was awarded the Deafness Forum of Australia's Members' Choice Award for captioning. In 2011/12 Naomi divided her time between Accessible Arts NSW where she managed the deaf arts access project and Macquarie University Accessibility Services coordinating the MQ hearing strategy for learning and teaching. Previously, Naomi worked at the Westpac Group facilitating key changes in accessibility and managing its major sponsorship of the NSW government's Don't Dis My Ability campaign. Naomi served as a board member and deputy chair of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations. Born profoundly deaf, she is a graduate in arts and laws from the University of Sydney and holds an MA in Public History from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Mark is the principal of Accessibility Solutions, which he formed in 2001, and is an accredited member of the Association of Consultants in Access Australia (ACAA). His expertise has been gained from more than 25 years in the community sector providing advice about access to buildings, transport systems and services for people with disability. Mark is a member of the Standards Australia Access and Parking Committees, the NSW Access Adisory Committee, the NSW Heritage Office Fire Access and Services Advisory Panel, Physical Disability Australia and is the chair of the ACAA NSW Network of Access Consultants. Mark is a person with spinal cord injury and a wheelchair user who is committed to the inclusive participation of people with disabilities in community life.
Paul is the president of the Brain Injury Association NSW and the treasurer of Brain Injury Australia. He currently sits on the NSW Disability Council and provides advice to the Minister for Ageing and Disability, and other areas of government on disability issues. Paul has severe traumatic brain injury as the result of a fall in December 2003. He currently works in the corporate sector in project management and is also experienced in manufacturing and supply chain. Paul is married with 4 children and his interests include choral singing, rock climbing and woodwork.
Susan has been involved in advocacy for people with vision impairment for over 30 years. She currently works for Vision Australia and has an excellent knowledge of access issues for people with vision impairment. Susan was a member of the City of Sydney's former access committee and she is currently a member of the Transport for NSW Accessible Transport Advisory Committee. Susan has provided advice through disability reference groups for both the Australian and NSW Electoral Commissions and the federal government's digital switch-over taskforce. Susan collaborates closely with other organisations in the blindness sector and has strong networks with people who are blind or vision impaired.
Michael is an experienced public speaker and advocate, with an interest in resources, employment and inclusion for people with intellectual disability. He has been an active member of the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability and was a board and committee member for over 6 years. From 2008 until 2010, Michael was a Don't Dis My Ability ambassador. He has also sat on the board of Best Buddies and in 2011 and 2012 he was an Australia Day ambassador for the Australia Day Council. In his spare time Michael enjoys playing cricket and spending time with his girlfriend.
Cam is a musician and writer who has written about his experiences as a carer to advocate for disability rights. He has spent 8 years working with the NSW government and related bodies to secure care and accommodation for his brother. As a musician he has toured internationally and provided music for various non-government organisations including Caritas Australia and Oxfam. Cam has worked as a lecturer in the history department at the University of Sydney, where he is currently completing his doctorate, and also at Yale University. He lives in Sydney with his wife and daughter.
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Vision Australia has recorded an audio version of the panel's terms of reference. The recording has been divided into 13 separate audio files according to main headings.
01 Terms of reference Preamble - Listen/Download MP3 (1.2 MB)
02 Terms of reference Objectives - Listen/Download MP3 (189kb)
03 Terms of reference Strategy - Listen/Download MP3 (365kb)
04 Terms of reference Limitation of Authority - Listen/Download MP3 (412kb)
05 Terms of reference Principle - Listen/Download MP3 (279kb)
06 Terms of reference Membership - Listen/Download MP3 (418kb)
07 Terms of reference Recruitment - Listen/Download MP3 (697kb)
08 Terms of reference Selection Criteria - Listen/Download MP3 (802kb)
09 Terms of reference Chair - Listen/Download MP3 (148.6kb)
10 Terms of reference Term of Membership - Listen/Download MP3 (266kb)
11 Terms of reference Meeting Administration and Protocol - Listen/Download MP3 (1.6 MB)
12 Terms of reference Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation - Listen/Download MP3 (291kb)
13 Terms of reference Review - Listen/Download MP3 (158kb)
Last updated: Thursday, 28 March 2013