Access Inclusion Advisory Committee


Advisory Committees have been established to provide advice to the elected Council on matters of strategic significance, and to provide advice to City of Newcastle on implementation of relevant matters aligned to the Newcastle 2040 Community Strategic Plan.

The Access Inclusion Advisory Committee was established in 2017 and first met on 28 February 2018. The Committee assists with the implementation of our Disability Inclusion Action Plan, which was adopted by Council on 22 February 2022, along with providing advice on current and relevant local matters relating to disability inclusion in Newcastle.


The objectives and responsibilities of the Access Inclusion Advisory Committee are:

  • To enhance the delivery of Council's commitment to the Disability Inclusion Action Plan
  • To provide strategic advice and guidance to Council and Council Officers in relation to making Newcastle a highly inclusive community
  • To engage people with disabilities, their carers and disability service providers in Local Government
  • To discuss localised concerns about barriers experienced by people with disabilities
  • To support Council in a manner that is consistent with Council values
  • To submit an annual report to the elected Council on the operation and actions of this Committee


An Expression of Interest process for community members to nominate to join the AIAC was completed in early 2022 and the committee membership is listed below.

The 2022-2024 AIAC will consists of 7 community members, 3 Councillors, and also the Lord Mayor also holding a position of the committee.

Current membership of the Committee is as follows:

  • Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes
  • Cr Margaret Wood (Councillor co-chair)
  • Cr Katrina Wark
  • Cr Dr Elizabeth Adamczyk
  • Community Members, Ben Moxey, Lindsay Gardner, Sandra Irons, and Stewart MacLennan
  • Organisational Members, Andrew Vodic, Chad Ramage and Patrick Bellamy

Responsibility of Advisory Committee Members

Committee members are expected to have the time needed to understand the Committee’s business papers and attend Committee meetings and provide advice and feedback on matters brought before the Committee.

Committee members are required to follow applicable policies and procedures and must:

  • Conduct themselves in accordance with the Code of Conduct
  • Declare and manage Conflicts of Interest in accordance with the Code of Conduct
  • Maintain confidentiality and not disclose confidential or private information
  • Not use information gained through membership of the Committee for a private benefit for themselves or any other person
  • Understand the Media Policy (PDF) and not speak to the media or members of the public on behalf of Council, the Advisory Committee or working party.

These Guidelines provide additional detail on responsibility requirements.

Guidelines for meeting practice (PDF).

Meetings Schedule 2024

Meetings are held at a minimum of quarterly, for approximately 2 hours between 10am-12noon

Thursday 1 February

Thursday 4 April

Thursday 6 June

Thursday 1 August

Meeting Agendas

Meeting minutes and relevant papers are uploaded upon adoption by the AIAC at the following meeting.

Committee Terms of Reference

View the Terms of Reference (PDF)

Annual Reports



The Access Inclusion Advisory Committee is facilitated by City of Newcastle's Community Planning and Development team. They can be contacted on 02 4974 2000 to discuss matters related to the current Disability Inclusion Action Plan, as well as committee activities.

If you would like to provide access and inclusion related feedback about our local infrastructure or services, please visit City of Newcastle's Contact Us page.