Help SCIA to elevate the issues that are important to you!

SCIA is establishing a voluntary Advocacy Advisory Group made up of people with lived experience of disability and/or lived experience in a carer role, to share insight and advise on SCIA’s advocacy priorities.

At SCIA, our community are central to decision making and play a vital role working alongside SCIA’s staff to guide, advise, inform, and prioritise our work.

We are seeking:

10 community members with spinal cord injury/condition or other neurological condition or family member/ carers from around NSW, including where possible a representative from one of the following geographical locations / specialist areas:

NSW Locations:

  • Sydney Metro
  • Wollongong
  • Newcastle
  • Central West
  • Lismore

Specialist Areas:

  • People who acquired their disability when they were 65 and over
  • Young person or carer of a young person
  • First Nations person and a
  • Person from a Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background

The Advisory Group will meet monthly via Microsoft Teams and will require a 2 hour monthly commitment (1 hour of meeting and 1 hour of local action).

Role Selection Criteria:

  • As a community member on the Advocacy Advisory Group, you need to:
  • Have lived experience of SCI/C or other neurological condition or be a family member or carer of a person with SCI/C other neurological condition.
  • Have a passion for advocacy and sufficient time to devote to the Advocacy Advisory Group activities.
  • Be committed to working collaboratively with SCIA’s Policy and Advocacy team.
  • Be willing to maintain confidentially and SCIA’s image and reputation.

For more information about the role and what is involved please register your interest contact Gordana Barbaric on at If you have any accessibility needs, please let Gordana know when you email us or register your interest.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this rewarding volunteer opportunity, please submit a short one or two-page covering letter telling us how your lived experience can contribute to SCIA’s advocacy work and why you are interested in this role.

Please make sure that you application covers the selection criteria for this role. Interviews will be conducted once all applications are received. The successful applicants will need to obtain a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Worker Screening Check for volunteers, which is free. If you have issues obtaining a NDIS check please let Gordana know.

Applications close on Monday 17 June 2024 by 5:30pm.

Please Note:

  • The Advocacy Advisory Group is an NSW Pilot project, if you are from another state and are interested in being involved, please contact the Policy and Advocacy Teams at
  • These roles are for community members only, SCIA staff will not be able to apply. If you are interested in being involved in this project and the work that we are doing in the Policy and Advocacy team, please contact us.
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