State and National Projects

National Projects

Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND)

The Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) is the peak professional body for Disability Practitioners in the Tertiary Education and Training sector.

The ATEND National Committee is made up of a representatives from NDCO and the Training & University Sectors within each state.

  • ATEND organises the Pathways Conference that is held bi-annually
  • Regular submits submissions on key topics or addressing barriers – read more here
  • Facilitates the Aust-Ed email list, a closed list, to drive discussion and information-sharing among disability practitioners and teachers within the post-secondary education sector.  For more information: austed-list online form.
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The University Specialist Employment Partnership (USEP) is a service model that bases a specialist disability consultant one day per week on a university campus, and aims to meet the specific needs of graduating or graduated students with disability seeking employment.

As part of USEP, a project entitled ‘What Happens If I Tell You?’ will be undertaking in 2019.  Drawing from the latest survey data from Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE), it revealed that graduates with disability equated to 2%.  From discussions held with AAGE (Australian Association of Graduate Employers) members have indicated that they are interested in sourcing graduates with disability to build diversity in their workplace.  The employers referred to, would like to encourage graduates with disability to disclose during the application phase. This disclosure will enable employers to ensure that current recruitment processes and embedded practices provide a platform for equal access. This is important as one of the reasons(evidence-based) for graduates reluctantly willing to share personal information is due to past perceived discrimination.  ‘What Happens If I Tell You?’ Project will aim to bridge this gap by videoing graduate employers talking about their focus on building diversity in their workplace and the benefits of sharing personal information during the application process, what they do with the information, etc.


The TAFE Specialist Employment Partnership (TSEP) similar to USEP is a service model that bases a specialist disability consultant one day per week on a TAFE campus, and aims to meet the specific needs of graduating or graduated students from TAFE with disability who are seeking employment.

TSEP is currently running from 2 TAFE Qld campuses – Ipswich and Toowoomba.  Contact your local consultant:

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I Am The Expert Of Me

Will provide resources to have career conversations with people with disability about understanding their adjustment needs and how to positively disclosure their disability to education providers and employers. With the aim of building self-efficacy and the ability to confidently articulate one’s own strengths, abilities and needs.

I am the Expert of Me (IATEOM) website project is an initiative developed following overwhelming anecdotal feedback and will enable students to effectively and positively articulate the impact of their disability and the support they may need when accessing tertiary education and/or seeking subsequent employment.

What Happens If I Tell You? (WHIITY)

This video resource will provide valuable advice and insights for graduates who are unsure whether they should share information about their disability with you as a potential employer.  It will showcase graduate employers who are committed to providing equitable employment opportunities for graduates with disability.

Graduate employers will answer the top questions from students on sharing personal information during the recruitment phase and highlight embedded inclusive practices.

What Happens If I Tell You (WHIITY)

State Projects

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The Education Alliance Queensland (EAQ) is an alliance of the education, tertiary and training sectors.  EAQ will foster seamless education, tertiary and training transitions for people with disability and will enable all educators and support staff to work together to improve successful education, tertiary and training outcomes for people with disability.  Refer to Education Alliance page


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