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Community Panel

The Aged and Disability Services Community Panel is being established to help shape the future of aged and disability services in Greater Dandenong by answering the question:

What role should Council have in aged and disability services in the future?

Council wants to identify a range of options for Council consideration based on the current and future needs of our community as well as the community’s preferences. 

Register to be on our Community Panel

Interested to be part of the Community Panel? Register via the button below.

Register your interest


How will the Community Panel work?

The Community Panel will be made up of around 35 people from across the Greater Dandenong area will work together to identify preferred options for the future of aged and disability support services delivery. People of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are invited to apply so the Panel reflects the Greater Dandenong community. 

Selection of Panel members will be managed by an independent organisation, Deliberately Engaging Pty Ltd. Council will not know who is on the Panel until the Panel’s first meeting. 

Your contact details will not be provided to the Council unless you are selected and accept a place on the panel.

This is a ‘deliberative’ community engagement process, which means the panel will:

  • be independently recruited to ensure there is a cross-section of the community represented
  • discuss the issues, challenges, and opportunities in-depth
  • hear what the broader community’s input has been on the future of aged and disability support services
  • consider, and provide feedback on, options for the future of aged and disability support services in Dandenong
  • be supported by professional, independent facilitators.

The Community Panel’s recommendations will be presented to Council in early 2024 and will help shape the future role of Council in aged and disability support services.

Council will report back to the Community Panel on its response to the Panel’s recommendations, identifying which recommendations are accepted, which are not and the reasons behind Council’s decisions.

Council will provide support to community members to allow them to participate on the Community Panel. You will be asked about your support needs when you register. 

Community Panel meetings

Panel members need to attend all three meetings as the work of the panel builds across these sessions. The Community Panel will meet at the Dandenong Civic Centre on: 

  • Wednesday 25 October, 5.30pm - 7pm 
  • Saturday 28 October, 10am - 3pm 
  • Saturday 11 November, 10am - 3pm (We will be observing a minutes silence for Remembrance Day at this session)

Meals and beverages will be provided, and selected members will receive $300 for their time and commitment. 

Dandenong Civic Centre is located at 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong.


Every person aged 18 or over living in a household in Greater Dandenong can register their interest. This includes people who are staying at the address during the registration window who normally have no fixed address. Please note, however, that a maximum of one person from any single address will be selected to participate. If you have any concerns about your ability to phone Nivek Thompson from Deliberately Engaging on 0472 761 324. Elected representatives from any level of government, paid employees of any political party and Greater Dandenong City Council employees in decision-making roles cannot apply.