A seat at the table

Anglicare celebrates and congratulates Jenny Self and Michael Voumard for their recent appointments by the Premier and the Minister for Human Services to a high level Government Council and Committee.

Anglicare staff Michael Voumard and Jenny SelfJenny Self, Chief Operating Officer Disability and Aged Care Service, has been appointed for a three year term to the Premier’s Disability Advisory Council (PDAC).

PDAC assists the State Government to implement the Disability Framework for Action (DFA).  The DFA is a whole-of-government, rights-based policy that sets out a vision for the full participation of people with a disability in Tasmanian community life.

The Council considers issues for people with disability including access to education and training, housing, employment, health, transport, justice and civic activity, sport and recreation; and the arts.

“PDAC’s work program includes advising the Tasmanian Government on strategic priorities to increase the participation of people with disability; and providing advice on Tasmanian Government policies and programs that impact on people with disability,” said Jenny.

Chaired by the Premier, Hon Will Hodgman MP, PDAC has up to eleven community members.  Jenny is one of four new members appointed as of 1 May 2017.

PDAC meets twice a year with the Premier and Minister for Human Services and twice a year out of session to progress PDAC’s work program.

“I look forward to representing Anglicare, and being a voice for the people we work with, in this influential forum,” said Jenny. “Consultation with various groups, in relation to the Disability Framework for Action 2018-2020, also commences later this month.”

Michael Voumard, State Manager Support Services, has been appointed to the Cross-Sectoral Consultative Committee.

The Committee is comprised of representatives from both the government and non-government sector. The role of Chair is being shared between the Commissioner for Children and a nominated member of the Committee.

The Committee will have a fixed-term role to inform the delivery of certain key actions outlined in the Strong Families, Safe Kids Implementation Plan, during the implementation period (2016-2020).

In supporting the delivery of the Strong Families, Safe Kids Reforms, the Committee’s role will be advisory in nature. The Committee will be used by the Project Implementation Team as a primary means of engagement with the community sector, and will be asked to provide expert advice to the Oversight Committee on the delivery of certain actions under the Implementation Plan.

The Committee will have an ongoing role to support collaboration, information sharing and planning across the sector.

“I am excited about the opportunity to be involved with delivering better outcomes for Tasmania’s children, young people and families,” said Michael. “To be in a position where I can positively influence Government decision-making processes is a privilege and one I will embrace.”

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