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Flinders University, in collaboration with Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI) is proud to offer the workshop "Employment for people with a disability in Australia – Back to the future".

This is possibly the most important discussion of employment for people with Disabilities presented in Adelaide, held this year.


Peter De Natris

Peter’s current role is as a strategic adviser to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). His focus is on early childhood and early intervention and economic participation for NDIS participants.

In his current role he is focusing on key areas of Scheme Design and Approach which recognise the shift from the current program based systems to an Insurance scheme based on markets that need to be developed and supported so that best practice can be enabled and continuous improvement encouraged.

Peter has worked in, around and with all levels of Government on policy and strategy to improve outcomes for people with disability in employment. Driven by a passion to see the Australian commitment to economic independence of people with disability and the abilities and talents of these people realised, he recognises the potential of the NDIS as the game changer. Prior to his current role Peter had 12 years with Ageing, Disability and Home Care, in NSW as a Regional Director in Southern NSW and the Executive Director.

Peter Smith

Director - Centre for Disability Employment Research and Practice. Research Fellow - University of Melbourne. Peter is completing his PhD thesis entitled "A Systems Analysis of the Factors that lead to the Successful Employment of People with a Disability" which is examining the current systems of employment supports for people with a disability, with the expectation that the research will lead to a new understanding and provide evidence towards the development of new systems that provide better employment outcomes for people with a disability.

Peter works and lectures in disability, counselling and employment related areas in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand and annually attends a think tank in Montana, USA run by the Centre for Social Capital working on issues related to disability employment, along with visiting providers and officials in the USA. He has just completed two terms as a member of the Maroondah Disability Advisory Committee. As part of our development of Customised Employment training for Australia, Peter has undertaken comprehensive training and certification in the USA. This is to ensure that contextualisation for Australia maintains the integrity of practice vital to ensuring true evidence based practice is delivered and not short cutted.

In 2014 Peter was involved in a disability employment research project as an associate at Deakin University, School of Psychology, headed by Professor Keith McVilly. His current research at centres on social enterprise, SLES and Transitions, disability enterprises and open employment.

Limited places available. 


Flinders University City Campus, Level 1 Room 1

182 Victoria Square Adelaide Adelaide 5000, Australia

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Organiser Information

Jose Koppelman-Guthrie
Developmental Educators Autralia Inc

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