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Board Director

Organisation : IDEAS-Information on Disability Education and Awareness Services Ltd

Location : Online

Time required : Minimum of three hours per month

Duration of project : three year term

Skill area : Board & Committee Members

Sector : Disabilities

Application closing date : 15 Oct, 2021

About the role

Board members of IDEAS are responsible for leadership, strategic direction, legal compliance, Board renewal and succession, risk management and safety, Board meetings and decision making and advocacy (linking to the community).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Formulate and review IDEAS’ Vision, Mission and Values on a regular basis
    • Understand and minimise potential risks to the organisation by undertaking an
       annual risk assessment
    • Prepare IDEAS’ strategic plan (3 to 5 years) to ensure its adherence to IDEAS’
       Vision, Mission and Values, and standards set by the funding bodies
    • Duty of Care and Diligence – ensure IDEAS meets all legal requirements and
       remains accountable to funding bodies and stakeholders
    • Finalise, approve and monitor the organisation’s annual budget
    • Develop and undertake periodic reviews of the organisation’s policies
    • Responsible for determining board development, discipline and performance
    • Determine the limits of the management staff’s authority to establish
       programs, administer finances and otherwise manage the organisation
    • Regular assessment of Board members’ skills to achieve renewal and
      succession of the Board of Directors

About the organisation

Organisation name : IDEAS-Information on Disability Education and Awareness Services Ltd

IDEAS is a membership-based organisation with over 420 members, comprised of
people with disability, family members, carers, and supporters.
IDEAS is widely recognised in Australia as a leading provider of trusted, reliable, and
credible information.

IDEAS leads the way in providing accessible online platforms connecting people with
disability with equipment and aids, accessible holiday options and inclusive community,
mainstream and specialist service and supports. IDEAS is a not-for-profit organisation,
endorsed as a deductible gift recipient under subdivision 30 – BA of the Income Tax
Assessment Act 1997.

IDEAS is registered with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) as
an Australian Company Limited by Guarantee.

The Board of Directors have specialist knowledge, expertise and lived experience of
disability. Their role is to take legal and fiscal responsibility for the Company and ensure
the strategic direction is implemented by the management team.

A Chief Executive Officer is the conduit between the operations and governance of the
organisation and has responsibility for implementing the strategic direction set by the

A small Management team with specialist knowledge, manage the various activities of
the organisation, supporting skilled and expert teams.

Our Strategic Objectives – People with disability, their supporters, and the
community will be provided with accessible information and relevant services.
• People with disability will be supported to access individual and group
• Positive change will be encouraged by identifying gaps in systems and upholding the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability
• The needs of people with disability will be promoted to increase the community’s knowledge.
• Courage and diversity will be promoted through our leadership
• The changing needs of people with disability will be met through successfully operating a high-quality, relevant, and responsive service
• All people who participate in our organisation will be valued and respected

Our Partners
IDEAS works collaboratively with all stakeholders to maximise the effectiveness of
disability information and resources. Stakeholders include people with disability of all ages
and their families, carers, and supporters; non-government and government professionals;
service providers; mainstream and community organisations and members of the public.

IDEAS Suite of Products and Services
1. Access to specialist individual disability advocacy.

2. Community Engagement, when resources allow us to engage with interagency and
networks, community events, conferences, and expos.

3. Database and Knowledge Management
a. We collect, collate, and maintain information that is useful for people with
disability and will enable people with disability to make informed decisions about
their daily living.
b. As a clearinghouse on disability, we capture information with specialist
expertise, experience, community and/or industry knowledge and contacts and
then filter, interpret, and disseminate it on request, through a variety of
c. Sourcing records is done through partnerships and networks as well as
targeted programmes by internal staff to build record numbers and types. Our
database is available through our subscription-based service – Infoqore
(, where information matters because choice matters.
d. Resource collation and dissemination - In addition to the IDEAS databases, IDEAS collects, collates, and maintains an accurate suite of articles online of topics of interest to people with disability. These are updated and circulated to interested people via the IDEAS eNews and other online channels, from their repository on the IDEAS website (, we do information so you can do life.

4. Providing access to goods and equipment
IDEAS maintains an online platform ( to connect buyers
with sellers of goods and equipment pertinent to daily living support for people
with disability. You can buy and sell with ease!

5. Maintaining independence and ensuring quality systems are in place for people
with disability so people with disability may live the life of their choosing.

  • Using our expertise, work as consultants in the access and inclusion space
    with a focus on recreation, leisure, tourism, and events as well as the
    provision of Ezy-Dun when applicable
    • Supporting systemic advocacy through maintenance of memberships and
    engagement with relevant peak bodies.

How to apply

Please contact Martin Heng, IDEAS Board Chair by email: for further details and to obtain a prospectus


Please quote in application: Board Director via Pro Bono Australia.


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