National Autism Strategy - Call for Expressions of Interest

10 Mar 2023 Updated 27 March 2023 to reflect submissions have closed

Oversight Council and Working Groups

Expressions of Interest for these groups closed at 12pm (AEDT) on Monday 27 March 2023.

Thanks for your interest in the National Autism Strategy Oversight Council and Working Groups.

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The Australian Government has committed to the co-design and development of a National Autism Strategy (Strategy) that is informed by the experiences of autistic people, their families and carers, and those who work to support them. 

A comprehensive national consultation process and co-design of the Strategy are to be guided by an Oversight Council and assisted by four Working Groups considering: 

  1. Social inclusion 
  2. Economic inclusion 
  3. Diagnosis, supports and services 
  4. National Roadmap to Improve the Health and Mental Health of Autistic People. 

The members of the Oversight Council and the first three Working Groups are to be appointed by the Minister for Social Services, The Hon. Amanda Rishworth MP. The fourth Working Group is being established by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care.

Read the Background and FAQs document

Minister Rishworth has asked a number of organisations to manage an Expressions of Interest process to assist the appointments process for the Oversight Council and the first three Working Groups. Expressions of Interest are being invited from:

  • Autistic Australians and the broader autism community, through the Australian Autism Alliance, Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia, the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, First Peoples Disability Network Australia, the National Ethnic Disability Alliance and Women With Disabilities Australia.  
  • Researchers and professionals (eg health, education, social work), through Autism CRC and the Australasian Society for Autism Research.

Expressions of Interest closed 12.00pm (AEDT) on Monday, 27 March 2023