The Hunter’s Opportunity to Influence Disability Reform

Newcastle, NSW – December 3, 2015 – Minister for Disability Services, the Hon. John Ajaka, announced today, as part of celebrations for International Day of People With Disability, the appointment of Hunter-based businessperson Sally Coddington to the Disability Council of NSW.

Sally is one of several new appointments to The Council, which is the official advisory body to the NSW Government on matters that affect people with disability in NSW. Sally brings a variety of perspectives to the role including that of Hunter resident.

“I personally share the purpose of The Council to seek full participation in community life for People With Disability and am honored by this opportunity to influence change.” said Sally “I look forward to bringing a variety of perspectives to The Council – businessperson, educator, disability service provider, Hunter resident, NDIS participant, carer and mum.”

Sally-CoddigtonSally is Managing Director of Curb-Cut Effect, a business consultancy specialising in access and inclusion solutions that enhance business performance, Director of the Hunter Business Chamber, Director of service provider Endeavour Group Australia, Lecturer at the Newcastle University Faculty of Business and Law and, mother to three daughters including Nicky who lives with an acquired brain injury.

The Minster also welcomed to the Council a new Chair Alastair McEwin and Deputy Chair Eileen Baldry to the Council.

Specific areas of focus for the council are health, housing, education and employment, and consumer empowerment. The Council’s main responsibilities are to:

  • Monitor the implementation of Government policy;
  • Advise the Minister on emerging issues relating to people with disability, and about the content and implementation of the State Disability Inclusion Plan and disability inclusion action plans;
  • Advise public authorities about the content and implementation of disability inclusion action plans (public authorities include Government Departments and local councils and some other bodies listed in reg. 5 Disability Inclusion Regulation 2014 such as the State Library);
  • Promote the inclusion of people with disability in the community and promote community awareness of matters concerning the interests of people with disability and their families;
  • Consult with similar councils and bodies, and people with disability; and
  • Conduct research about matters relating to people with disability.

For more information about the council visit: http://www.disabilitycouncil.nsw.gov.au

For more information about Sally Coddington visit:

https://au.linkedin.com/in/sally-coddington-613342b