Inclusion Advisory Panel

Inclusion Advisory Panel

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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 reflect the diversity of the disability sector and were chosen for their expertise in:

  • accessibility
  • urban planning
  • economic participation
  • arts
  • housing
  • transport
  • media
  • communication
  • legislation.

Terms of reference

The panel provides expert advice to the City about:

  • strategic planning
  • policy development
  • submission writing
  • sustainability
  • community consultation
  • information provision.

The panel's role is further detailed in the terms of reference, which you can download below in alternative formats, including audio files. Summary notes are available of panel meetings.


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Meet the panel

Michael Bartels

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. 

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 Byun

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.

Phillippa Carnemolla

Phillippa has worked for several years with the Enabling Built Environments Program at the University of New South Wales and has extensive expertise in the area of the built environment and disability, in particular accessible and inclusive built environments for people with intellectual disability. She has recently completed her PhD thesis. Phillippa also brings her lived experience of childhood sensory and developmental delay and an understanding of how the built environment and social environment can be more inclusive for children with sensory disabilities. 

Morwenna Collett

Morewenna has worked with numerous government arts agencies including the Australia Council for the Arts. She has implemented successful funding programs for artists with disability, developed The Australia Council's disability action plans, and helped change the culture of government agencies and arts organisations by reviewing systems and hosting discussions. More recently Morwenna has undertaken consulting work to assess the outcomes of UKbased arts programs for people with disability. Morwenna also lectures a subject on arts festivals and events management at the University of Sydney on where she highlights the importance of accessibility.

Judy Harwood

Judy has had an extensive career in state government working on disability strategies, reform, programs and cross-government planning. Her broad experience in disability encompasses community inclusion, mainstream services, employment, housing and specialist support. She developed the National Disability Strategy NSW Implementation Plan (2012–2014) and led significant program reform in preparation for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Since leaving state government in 2015, Judy has been working as a consultant specialising in public policy and access. She has qualifications in education, social policy and research and project management.

Naomi Malone

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.  

Julie Millard

Julie has extensive experience in the mental health and disability sectors and is committed to the provision of quality services and supports for people with disability/mental illness that maintains their autonomy and dignity and supports their inclusive participation in the community. Julie's experience ranges from service delivery, community education and community development. Julie works as a consultant and educator who develops and delivers training packages for people with mental illness, their families and carers, and with workplaces to increase their knowledge and reduce discrimination. Julie also brings an understanding of caring for someone with an acquired brain injury to the panel. 

Paul Nunnari

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.

Mark Relf

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.

Susan Thompson

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.

Mark Tonga

Mark is a trained accountant who became a tetraplegic in 2008. The shock of adjusting to life in a powered wheelchair, now being physically dependent and having to rely on 24-hour care, opened his eyes and his heart to those living with disability. Within months he got involved wherever he could contribute his skills and energies. Mark now brings his corporate and accounting experience to work as a director on the boards of organisations that act for people with disabilities and their families, including People with Disabilities Australia and the Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of NSW (Paraquad). He has also worked at a local level as a member of Willoughby City Council's Access Committee. Mark is the chair of the Disability Council of NSW advising the minister. An elder of a suburb-sized extended family of Polynesian background, what drives Mark is that access and inclusion involves us all. 


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: Wednesday, 5 October 2016