Disability Reference Group

Disability Reference Group 2016–18 

The Commission is pleased to announce that, after a competitive selection process, a new Disability Reference Group 2016–18 (DRG) was appointed in December 2016. The DRG consists of 12 people with a range of disabilities and attributes, including carers of people with disabilities.

The new members are:

  • John Baxter
  • Jen Blyth
  • Jacki Brown
  • Melissa Coe
  • Paul Gianni
  • Piers Gooding
  • Frank Hall-Bentick
  • Lauren Henley
  • Susanne Lau-Gooey
  • Brent Philips
  • Vince Pirrotina
  • Natalie Tomas

The DRG will help the Commission to understand how systemic discrimination impacts on the human rights of people with disabilities and will assist the Commission to find solutions to these issues.

The Commission looks forward to a collaborative working relationship with the DRG. The first meeting will be held on 23 February 2017.

If you have any questions about the DRG, please contact:

Liesl Oliver-Burger, Policy and Project Officer. Liesl works Wednesdays to Fridays.
Address: Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053
Email: Liesl.L.Oliver@veohrc.vic.gov.au
Phone: (03) 9032 3480

About the Disability Reference Group

The Disability Reference Group was established so the Commission could hear directly from people with disability about systemic discrimination and human rights issues that impact upon people with disability. The group includes members who have direct experience of disability, parents of children with disability, service providers and advocates.

While some members may come from particular organisations, it is the Commission's expectation that they will provide individual expertise and guidance to the group rather than represent the formal view of their organisation.

The Disability Reference Group meets four times a year and members are appointed for a two-year period.

The views of Disability Reference Group members expressed in public forums may not reflect the views of the Commission.

How the Disability Reference Group works

The DRG will meet with the Commission four times a year. Members are appointed for a term of two years. Members' travel, accommodation, meal and support costs are covered by the Commission.

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