Queensland Disability Advisory Council

The Queensland Disability Advisory Council is a key channel for independent advice to the Minister on a range of disability and related matters that affect the broader community.

The Council is representative of the community and includes people with disability, family members, carers, as well as members from community organisations and disability service providers.

Council term

The new Council term is from 1 November 2019 to 30 June 2020.


12 members are appointed to the Council, including a representative for each Queensland region, and members with specific areas of expertise.

Sharon Boyce Chair and South West Region representative
Anita Veivers Deputy Chair and Far North Queensland representative
Gillian Costabeber North Queensland representative
Ken Parker Central Queensland representative
Barry Skinner North Coast representative
Simon Wright Brisbane Region representative
Harry McConnell South East Region representative
Peter Gurr member
Pam Spelling member
Laury Bray member
Semah Mokak-Wischki member
Paige Armstrong member


The Council will continue to operate as a key channel for independent advice to the Minister for Disability Services and for the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships on regional, state and national disability matters.

The terms of reference note that the Council will:

  1. provide frank, independent and useful advice to the Minister and department on major policy, program and practice initiatives and systemic issues impacting people with disability, their families and carers, with an emphasis on the experiences of people with disability and the sector participating in the NDIS
  2. promote a socially inclusive Queensland, particularly in line with the priorities identified in the All Abilities Queensland State Disability Plan 2017-2020
  3. act as a consultative forum as part of consultation processes during development of specific policy and program initiatives
  4. support communication and understanding among the community about opportunities presented through implementation of the All Abilities Queensland State Disability Plan, and about the NDIS.


For more information contact disabilityconnect@communities.qld.gov.au